By CALEB SLINKARD
More than 80 teams competed in the USSSA Texas AA State Tournament this past weekend, with the majority of teams playing at the SportsPark in Greenville.
Piney Woods Baseball Tournament Director Phillip Thomas said that cities across the state request to host the tournament, but that he continues to bring tournaments to Greenville because of the effort the Greenville Parks and Recreation Department and Recreation Manager Brett Quarles put into maintaining the SportsPark.
“Brett and his staff, they do an excellent job of keeping the fields mowed, maintained,” he said. “Everything the do is top-notch. That’s one of the reasons we chose Greenville: we know we’re going to get good service from the Parks and Recreation Department.”
Teams from as far away as San Angelo and Wichita Falls came to the tournament, which featured brackets for players 12 and under to eight and under.
Due to a limited number of fields, some the teams were scheduled to play in Sulphur Springs, but ended up competing in Commerce due to rain. The 13 and under bracket had to be cancelled. Overall, 83 teams signed up to play.
“All in all, we had about 69 teams in Greenville last weekend, and that was filling it to capacity,” he said.
Teams competed in various brackets. The tournament winners were: Rowlett Rebels (8 and under coach pitch),Texas Spikes-Henry (9 and under),T.H.A. Stix 10u (10 and under), T.H.A. Stix 11u (11 and under), and Dallas Patriots-Brooks (12 and under).
The USSSA season begins in February and will conclude with various World Series tournaments later this month. Fall tournaments will begin near the end of August and run until Thanksgiving.
Thomas said that his company began working with the city of Greenville about three years ago and were impressed when the staff spent all Friday night preparing fields for a weekend tournament following a storm.
“We were the only complex playing in all of Dallas-Fort Worth,” he said, adding that this year’s tournament went very well. “We had so many compliments. As people leave the park, we greet them and talk with the coaches, and there are always numerous compliments on the fields.”