Some of the best club softball teams in the region converged on the Taylor Regional Park and Sports Complex last week for the Triple Crown Sports (TCS) Southwest Summer Nationals.
Taylor co-hosted the tournament's 16U age division, which featured 38 teams from Texas, Arizona, Massachusetts and Mississippi. Venues in Round Rock and Georgetown also hosted 16U games.
"It was a very high-quality level of softball, and the fields looked great," said Larry Foos, director of Parks and Recreation. "Our staff did a wonderful job of getting everything ready and keeping things going. We've received a lot of compliments on the complex and how the fields played."
Among those pleased with the complex was Brian Weeks, head coach of the Mississippi-based MS Prospects.
"I think [Taylor's] a very nice town," Weeks said. "Everything has a new feeling to it, and the upkeep is very nice. It's been a very positive experience."
Temperatures hit triple digits on all four days of the tournament, which ran from Thursday through Sunday, but that didn't seem to faze Weeks or his team.
"It's hot, but the humidity isn't bad," he added. "So no complaints from us. We're loving it out here."
Central Texas Fastpitch assistant coach Felix Garcia didn't mind the heat either, but made sure his team took plenty of precautions.
"I reminded them to start hydrating two to three days before. We make it mandatory," Garcia said. "We also get in and out of the dugout as soon as possible between innings so we can get in the shade. Water and shade; that's about all you can do out here."
Central Texas Fastpitch, which features a handful of players from Taylor and Thrall, went 0-5 at the TCS Southwest Summer Nationals and crashed out of the Losers' Bracket in the first round.
Diamond Sports Hotshots Futures (Katy, TX) won the Losers' Bracket, while Texas Blaze White (Round Rock, TX) defeated Texas Bombers 16U Gold (Rosenberg, TX) 8-3 in the Winners' Bracket championship.