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PHOTOS: Softball tourney in Winterville

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Pitt County All-Star players celebrates after an in the park home run by Ashylynn Overby, right, during their game against Pamlico in the Eastern North Carolina Babe Ruth State Softball Tournament Sara Law Softball Complex on June 23, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Monday, June 25, 2018

The Pitt County Girls softball league is currently hosting the Eastern North Carolina state tournament, which began Saturday and will run through Wednesday. 

With 55 teams, their families and coaches in attendance, the Sara Law Softball Complex is at capacity as teams from around eastern NC vie for the title of champion. The tournament began Saturday with an opening ceremony. No time was wasted after the ceremony, as teams then quickly jumped head first into a jam-packed weekend slate of games, beginning in pool play.

League fundraising manager Bo Batts decided on the pool play style so that each team had a chance to play at least three games, one against each member in a teams particular pool. 

Due to the sheer volume of having 55 teams in a pool play and double elimination format games are ongoing for most of the day. 

“There’s so many games that we had to get as many in a day as we can. Some of the last games may have started at nine or 10 p.m.,” Batts said.

Several teams, including  the Pitt County All-Stars are showcasing what kind of talent is grown on the diamond in Pitt County. 

“Those All-Star teams are continually out winning tournaments, so it’s fun to watch them play others great teams from around the eastern part of the state,” Batts said. 

The Sara Law Softball Complex, located at 4801 Reedy Branch Rd, has drawn hundreds of parents, coaches and players to the town of Winterville. The league worked for several months to prepare every detail of the tournament, from game schedules to accommodations for visitors, and the result of the hard work is showing in a fantastic tournament. 

Contact Jake Keator at 252-329-9594 or jkeator@reflector.com and follow @JakeKeatorDR on Twitter.


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