First ASA tournament a success

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Twelve teams of men competed in the Alabama Softball Association (ASA) sanctioned &uot;Commissioner's Cup&uot; event, sponsored by Worth Athletic Equipment.

After heavy thunderstorms deluged Greenville Friday night, crews at the Parks and Recreation Department managed to recover in time for a successful first tournament at the new softball complex Saturday.

The double-elimination event, directed by Bartow Driver, president of ASA, began at 8:30 a.m.

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&uot;We had 13 teams registered, but a team from Demopolis did not make it,&uot; Bartow said. &uot;They will be back, though.&uot;

Officials said Saturday the event was better than anticipated, and went off smoothly, without any complications.

&uot;We always expect something minor with an event of this caliber,&uot; said Jerome Harris, director of the Greenville Parks and Recreation Department, and host of the event.

&uot;But this went off really well n I am proud to say it went so well that we are already working on scheduling another event.&uot;

Comments from the players indicated they would be back again to play in Greenville's tournaments.

&uot;Let the games begin&uot;

With Bartow Driver at the helm, the games began promptly at 8:30 Saturday morning, involving all three ofthe new fields. Originally planning to draw a bye for one team in the first bracket, the play started even, with the teams playing.

First Lowndes Bank, after starting out on field number one, defeating MGM in their first game. MGM played the rest of the day before taking their sec-ond loss and placing third in the tournament.

On the other side of the spectrum, AMF and the Cobras both went all day before a single loss; ironically, First Lowndes was the team that delivered the first loss for the Cobras in the 6:30 p.m. game.

AMF remained undefeated until they faced the Cobras; a final score of 10-5 delivered the first loss of the day for AMF.

This being their first loss, the Cobras would have to defeat the AMF team again to win the championship.

After four innings of fierce play, the visiting Cobras were in the lead, by a score of 8-7. Then came the fifth inning.

AMF came back alive, preventing the Cobras from scoring n they retaliated by notching four runs themselves, bringing the tally to 11-8, AMF.

In the top of the sixth, the Cobras were again prevented from adding a run; in the bottom, AMF was determined to make a distance between the two teams, scoring six more runs.

Winners surface

As the game entered the top of the seventh, where the Cobras could either make it or break it, they were only allotted four more runs n five short of a tie and six short of a win.

The final score after 6-1/2 was AMF 17, Cobras 12.

As their prize for claiming the win, AMF received bat bags, one for each player. The Cobras, taking second place, won a case of softballs.

The Worth Athletic Equipment Company, sponsor of the event, donated the prizes.