Catch the Lilacs fever

By on May 9, 2013

Talking Sports

By

Bruce Morgan

It seems hard to believe that there are just 63 days left until the Fourth of July holiday.

By then, I’m figuring that the Phillies will have overtaken both the Braves and Nationals in the NL East standings, especially with Chooch Ruiz back in the lineup now, and tickets will start hitting the presses for their return trip to the Fall Classic.

Seriously, however, the time between now and July Fourth will surely fly past us, especially with graduation season quickly approaching, vacations, Little League ball games and who knows what else.

Speaking of ball games, call me biased, but baseball and the Fourth of July go hand-in-hand. So hats off to the organizers of this year’s Lititz Fourth of July celebration, who as usual are working long hours behind the scenes and molding ideas as they incorporate a baseball theme into this year’s festivities. Committee meetings continue, so look for more details in an upcoming edition of the Record Express.

So how cool would it be to make a big deal of the annual Lititz Lilacs softball tournament in conjunction with this year’s celebration. I know the organizers are trying to do their part, as they are looking into lining up a sound system, food vendors and perhaps some entertainment for the Lilacs Tourney, which will be held again at the Ambucs field. The championship game appears to be set for Sunday, June 30 at 4 p.m.

All in all, it really does sound like it’s going to be a lot of fun for fans and players alike.

But there’s the catch. More players are needed. Over the years, the number of teams competing in the tournament has dwindled. In 2012, there were only four squads who fielded a roster for the event. Just 10 years ago, there were twice as many teams in the brackets when Cornerstone Baptist finally eked out a 9-8 extra-inning win over pesky St. Paul’s Lutheran to win the championship.

I’ve got to be honest in saying that I’m a little jealous. I attend a church in Lancaster, and since the scope of the tournament – understandably – is for Lititz churches, my glove will remain in moth balls.

Truth be told, though, if I was going to play, our opponents would love to have me on the field. I’m an E-5 waiting to happen.

But whenever I get the chance to use my glove and swing the bat, it’s fun. And this year’s Lititz Lilacs Tournament provides that opportunity for others who want to join. Games are held only a couple nights per week for a period leading up to June 30, and things move along pretty quickly, with one-hour time slots per game.

It’s a great community event, and getting some more teams involved would add some spice to the occasion. I’m sure tournament director Doug Barge would love to hear from you, and he could still easily find a spot for your team in this year’s tournament. Drop him an email at dbarge@ptd.net if interested.

But don’t wait … 63 days will pass quickly.

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