Sunny weather creates perfect day for State Games’ softball and volleyball
MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - With the sun in the sky and a cool breeze blowing, people flocked to Northeast Park and Bulldog Beach Volleyball Complex as the State Games of Mississippi held two more events on Saturday.
At Northeast Park, 150 players and 25 coaches spread out among three fields to participate in this year’s slow pitch softball competition. The event featured players in three different age groups which included the 6U division, 8U division and 14Up division.
While State Games brings in players from all across the state to various events, all of the participants in Saturday’s slow pitch competition were from local areas. Many of the teams are also teams that regularly compete in local youth softball leagues.
All teams that competed in the 6U division were awarded gold medals for competing. The teams that competed in the division include Team Elite Technique, Team Green and Team Red.
For the 8U division, Team Dean Plumbing took gold, the Shutterbugs won silver and Team Scarlet Cup went home with bronze medals.
Over in Bailey, State Games held a volleyball event for the second weekend in a row.
While youth volleyball took place last weekend, this weekend featured an older age group for two person volleyball. Four divisions of teams participated in a pool play tournament with teams from across the state coming out to compete.
Volleyball commissioner Doug Everett was thrilled the event was able to happen after he was uncertain it would because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s been great...obviously we’ve been waiting around a lot with the coronavirus going on so, its been nice getting out in the sun,” Everett said. "We have all our friends here which has made it really fun.”
Victoria Earnhardt, who traveled from Jackson to compete with her partner Lauren Corby, shared what made this year’s event particularly special.
“It’s been really nice because things are kind of getting back to normal," Earnhardt explained. “Its good to see everyone that we really don’t get to see because they are all over Mississippi, so we get to play against other people and it’s fun.”
Earnhardt and her partner won gold in the women’s division.