JOHNSON: Tournament time is sure to bring memorable moments

Published 10:07 pm Thursday, May 31, 2012

We’ve rooted for Troy University football, basketball, baseball, and softball.

We’ve done the same for Pike Liberal Arts, Charles Henderson, Goshen, and Pike County.

Creeping around the corner is the time to root for our community.

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Area recreation baseball and softball teams will be hitting the roads in coming weeks in search of bringing home district, state, and world series titles.

While the focus of recreation sports is and always should be fun and fellowship, a select group of athletes will have the opportunity to compete at the highest level for their age groups and experience a high level of competition.

Teams and parents will be traveling to all corners of the state over the summer to represent and put on display our brand of baseball and softball.

This time of year is always fun for a sports writer. Tournament galore, exciting action, and plenty to write about.

Last year’s tournament season provided plenty of excitement. The Dixie Boys State Tournament in Enterprise took the cake as Troy fell to Opelika in one of the most thrilling baseball games this individual has ever witnessed. I don’t think I’ll ever watch another high-profile recreation game without thinking about Rush Hixon’s throw from center field in the bottom of the eighth to gun down what would have been the game-winning run.

Devin Hooks’ grand slam in the semi-final game. Austin Ingram’s hustle in the district championship game against Ashford. All great moments to witness.

It is a new year and another crop of boys and girls are set to create great moments of their own.

This year, Troy is fortunate to host several tournaments along the way. The Dixie O-Zone district, Junior Dixie Boys district, Dixie Boys district, O-Zone sub-state, Dixie Debs state, Dixie Ponytails state, and Dixie Angels World Series tournament will all be held in Troy this summer.

There will be plenty of action to keep sports fans busy over the summer months.

If you don’t have a child playing, I’m sure you know someone who does. Find a game and grab a seat because more than likely you’ll see something you’ve never seen before.

These games are a lot more fun than some may think and will leave you with memories you’ll never forget.

It will be worth it, and most of all it mean a lot to the kids out there playing their tails off for the name on the front of their uniform.