After rain threatened the area for much of the last week, it seemed as if the Oklahoma Amateur Softball Association (ASA) 8U and 10U Machine Pitch State Tournaments might go through the weekend without a drop of rain.
A last minute rain shower forced Saturday night’s games at Hines Softball Park to a halt and eventually the tournament was finished up Sunday. The winners of the tournaments were the Oklahoma Rascals (8U) and the Chix w/Stix (10U).
The Rascals, from Lindsay, had little trouble in their bracket which included seven other teams (Bray, Sterling and the Sliderz). The Rascals beat the Sliderz in their first game to set up a match with Sterling. After winning against Sterling, the Rascals were in the driver’s seat. Sterling won its game in the loser’s bracket to force a rematch for the championship.
It didn’t take long for the Rascals, who are coached by Aric Bearden, Aaron Shelton and Chad Allison to jump out on top as they went on a 16-0 win in a run-rule.
“This was normal, everyday hard work that these girls have put in,” Bearden said. “I’m extremely proud of them. They deserve this. They deserve every bit of this. All the credit goes to those girls.”
In the 10U bracket, the Havoc had the upper hand after winning its first game against Chix w/Stix. The Chix beat Ardmore Thunder in their first game but had to battle through the loser’s bracket to get back to the championship round.
The Havoc beat the Lucky Dawgs and the Enid Shockers en route to the championship where they awaited a team whom would emerge from the loser’s bracket.
That team was the Chix, who beat the Hot Tamales, Bad Machine, Central Starz and the Shockers. The Chix then had to beat the Havoc twice, which they did, prevailing in a nail-biting 1-0 affair in the first game and taking game two 7-3.
Tournament organizer Adenya Spivey said despite the rain forcing an extra day, the tournament ran smoothly. It also generated a lot of extra cash flow into Duncan.
“It brings in a lot of tourism into the town,” Spivey said. “Our hotels were full, they (the teams) utilize
our restaurants. Both of the teams in the 10U championship, this was the first time they’ve been to Duncan and they liked the park and the area. They wanted me to invite them back next year and for other future tournaments.
“Most of the people that came to the park liked it. They all liked the shade. Everything went smooth, the parents were good. We always think it’s a good tournament when nobody gets tossed.”
Hines Park will host its final summer tournament this weekend. It will be a 14U open tournament that Spivey said is somewhat a make-up tournament for teams that had tournament games rained out earlier this summer.
“We run tournaments starting in April and each weekend is a different age group,” she said. “We have two tournaments per age group and both our 14U tournaments got rained out. They spent the money coming down here and in hotels, so this is a free tournament for those teams. We’ll have area sponsors to pay for expenses and everything, so that’s good.
“This is the last tournament of the summer and for the first time ever, I think, after school ball sometime around October, we’re going to start putting on fall tournaments, Halloween tournaments. Some of the teams that came in the summer requested a tournament in the fall, so I said if we get enough participation we’ll have some.”
— Ben Whitehead is a sports writer for The Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 255-5354, Ext. 165, or via e-mail at email@example.com.