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This past weekend was like any other out at Marshall Park – buzzing with softball action. Starting Friday evening Georgetown played host to the Special Olympics Region 2 Tournament with the winning teams booking their tickets to the state tournament.
Inside the one region is multiple divisions and seven or eight winners emerged from Georgetown as champions. The weekend kicked off Friday evening and wrapped up around 5 pm Saturday.
Volunteering for the two-day tournament was Georgetown College softball coach Thomas Thornton and his players, helping Special Olympics Kentucky make the weekend run smoothly.
"Softball is in the blood and what better community service than to help work this tournament," said Thornton said. "My players love being out here and helping with this event."
The Tigers did everything from umpire some games to handing out drinks and refreshments to the athletes.
"Heading into my senior year, I want to drink in every moment and there was no better way to start that than being out here doing the scorebook," said GC centerfielder Chelsea Riney. "Watching these games rejuvenates a passion for a game I've loved since I was playing T-ball."
Riney and her teammates gave up their Friday night and most of Saturday on the first weekend when students were back at Georgetown before classes started on Monday.
"It wasn't a sacrifice, it was a blessing," said junior third baseman Cassidy Taylor. "It was so awesome to step back and be behind the scenes as an announcer. This is a weekend I'll remember for a lifetime."
The winning teams will battle it out in Bowling Green Sept. 13-15 at Michael O. Buchanon Park. Special Olympics is expecting some 400 athletes that weekend.