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Waxahachie sports complex hosts state tournament

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Steve Patterson

The Ellis County Press

The Waxahachie Sports Complex hosted the 2010 ASA (Amateur Softball Association of America) 12U Class A Girls Fast pitch State Tournament between June 18 and 20. Seventeen teams traveled to Waxah-achie from all over the state to participate in the tournament.

By participating in the tournament, all teams receive a bid to the Southern Nationals in August and the first through third place teams receive bids to the National Tournament in Indiana.

The Sports Complex Staff deserves a big thanks for not only representing the city of Waxahachie with professionalism, but for also keeping the fields in great playing condition, making sure the teams never ran out of cold clean water in the dugouts, and shuttling fans, players and umpires to the parking lots when needed.

A few first time teams to Waxahachie thought the complex was new. Another nice gesture by several local businesses, was handing out discount coupons to local restaurants during Saturday, June 19 games. With the exception of one local team from McKinney all the other teams were staying in local hotels and eating and shopping at local restaurants and stores during the tournament which helps support the local economy.

As stated earlier, the closest local team was from McKinney, while all others were from the Austin, San Antonio and the Houston areas. After the opening ceremonies on Friday, June 18, games started at 7 p.m. By Sunday, June 20 only a few teams were left and by 1 p.m., only two teams remained the McKinney Fireballs and the Texas Lady Hawks from Houston.

Although the Fireballs had lost to the Hawks in well played game earlier in the tournament, they were almost knocked out prior to the Championship game, but scored 11 runs in two innings to come back from a 9-0 deficit to advance.

As these two teams squared off, it appeared it would be one of those one run games, as both teams played exceptional defense, but the Hawks opened things up in the third inning and put up six runs and then add five more in the fourth to take a commanding lead.

The Fireballs did nothing wrong, but the Hawks just hit the ball in the gaps and over the outfielders for multiple doubles and triples in the game.

The Lady Hawks eventually won the game by run rule and both teams congratulated each other in post tournament speeches, something rarely seen these days. Both teams thanked the city of Waxahachie and the Sports Complex Staff for a "well run tournament."

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