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July 25, 2009

Softball Scene: Several Wabash Valley softball teams preparing for state-tournament action

The next three weekends should prove interesting for local softball squads as several local teams will be competing for state titles.

Hoping to improve on last year’s second-place finish in the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) women’s class C tournament, the Chop Shop women’s team will be traveling to Kokomo this weekend. Chop Shop’s second-place finish at state earned it a nationals’ berth, and the squad finished fourth.

Playing for the Chop Shop this season will be: Angi King, Cindy Fulk, Connie Bolinger, Tracy Bennett, Lauren Mardis, Stacey Hall, April Moore, Lyndie Alspaugh, Hope Downey, Megan Koers, Kris Dwyer and Annie Marshall.

The Outkast men’s team will also be testing the waters at the state level, competing in Indianapolis in the USSSA Class D State Tournament.

Competing in the Dudley Challenge Series in Topeka, Ind., the PrimeLending/Crawlworks team will be trying to climb from their present second-place standing to earn a first-place finish in this inauguaral season for the challenger series. The PrimeLending/Crawlworks team will be playing Benchwarmers at 8:50 a.m. Saturday. The squad traisl Rockwood/Cutrite and with a good performance in the series finale can catapult into first.

Several more local teams are scheduled to play in upcoming ASA and NSA state tourney play Aug. 1-2 and Aug. 8-9.

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The streak is over! The First Financial coed team has fallen from the ranks of the undefeated with a 16-6 thumping at the hands of the RTS/Foster’s Construction team in the Terre Haute Family Y postseason tournament. Undefeated since late in the 2006 season, the First Financial coed squad had won 65 consecutive games in Y leage play until their loss Thursday.

Finishing third in league play behind First Financial and Fox Canteen, the RTS/Foster’s Construction team moved through the postseason tournament in convincing fashion. RTS/Foster’s defeated Ivy Tech No. 2 20-0, Fox Canteen 15-2 and First Financial 16-6.

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