Softball Tournaments Continue in Branson

by: Jacob Blount and Chris Six, Ozarks First

The Fastpitch American Softball Association continues its world series championships this week at the Branson Recplex.

Vice President and Director of Operations, Ray Wright, says they have teams from all over the country for the World Series in Branson.

“We’ve had teams in from Oklahoma, New Mexico, San Antonio area,” said Wright. “All the way up from Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, so it’s a broad, broad range of teams.”

As professional sports return to play, FASA has added precautions to the tournament this year, hoping not to spread the coronavirus.

“Normally if two teams are playing each other that know each other, the parents will intermingle with each other,” said Wright. “They’re not doing that, they are staying to themselves to their side.”

Responsibility to keep people safe also falls on the coaches. Louisiana Titans coach James Wheeler says he has taught his team new ways to celebrate.

“Toe-tap, elbow maybe,” said Wheeler. “Yea we don’t do the high five, don’t touch your hands and try to do as much social distancing as possible.”

Last week, champions were crowned in the 14U (Tulsa Elite OKC 05), 16U (Midwest Batbusters) and 18U (St. Louis Fusion) divisions. This week, four different age groups will also compete for their championships.

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