• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Woodford County Summer Slam is a hit

Baseball families packed the Woodford County baseball complex July 7 to 8 for the 11th annual Woodford County Summer Slam. Sixty-three teams made the journey to Woodford County for the tournament. Last year, flooding rains threatened to cancel the tournament, but this year there was abundant sunshine and big crowds.

Divisions from five and under to 15 and under, served up competitive baseball over the two-day tournament.

Travel baseball teams hop from town to town over the course of the summer and fall in search of the best competition. Some teams play in regional and national events by qualifying out of state championships.

With a new hotel nearing completion in Versailles, the chance for more baseball and softball tournaments will surely come.

"We had hoped that the hotel in Versailles would be built in time," said Carrie Johnson. "We came from Western Kentucky and would have loved to stay within a few minutes of the field. We still enjoy our time here. This is our third time, and this has been the best weather we have had. We'll be back as long as they keep having the tournament."

“We look forward to coming to this tournament every year,” said Amy Jordan. “My son plays in Lexington so the commute is great and we always have a great time. The funny thing about baseball and select baseball, in general, is that your family becomes extended and we try and look out for each other's kids and make sure they are taken care of. We cannot be at every game for every at-bat. Having this close-knit group helps so much.”

The games continued late into Sunday evening as the champions were crowned. South Lexington Red won the 5U and 6U divisions. Southeastern Crush won the 7U and Southeast Lightning won the 8U. Southwest Pony won the 9U and the Kentucky Rockers were champions in the 10U. The Danville Mustangs won the 12U and Max Power took the 13U championship. The Ironmen South were champions in the 14U and the RBI Bulls won the 15U division.

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