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Church leagues provide fun for all

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ELLIS COUNTY - Gaze out onto the diamond and you see four bases, green grass and crisp chalk lines that mark fair or foul territory, however, there is something different with this particular field.

The players participating in this game are not well paid professionals or robust little leaguers that chant with every pitch.

The players are basically every age in between or in some cases even older then these two baseball fixtures, these players are the church league warriors or as some people call them church league softball players.

They range in ages from 16-60, where men and women alike participate in coed leagues and in male only leagues throughout the area.

Teams from all over Ellis County, hailing from Midloth-ian, Waxahachie and Ovillia all play at the Waxahachie Sports Complex.

There are numerous leagues with various levels of competi-veness from the "hey man you missed the pop up but it’s all right" competiveness, to "man if we don’t win tonight it will haunt me forever type of game."

However, in all seriousness these games are for the fun of it and while they are competive all the contestants line up and shake hands at the end of the game, it is a church league after all.

The games all go seven innings unless the mercy rule is reached and usually take about an hour and a half to complete, so the games are quick and enjoyable for all.

However the best part of the softball leagues is better stated from a member of the First Baptist of Midlothian team Timothy Jeter, saying, "getting to know the guys and getting a little exercise, while having fun" is great and the best part of the leagues, although the wining doesn’t hurt either .

So although these teams and players might not be the Yanks or the Sox, they get to have way more fun, so if you get a chance go watch one of the games at the Sports Complex, or join a league yourself because it will be an experience you won’t forget.

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