Luke Hamilton hits a ball deep into the outfield during a game in the Showstopper Softball Tournament Saturday afternoon. The tournament was part of a Labor Day Weekend fundraising festival, meant to benefit the Selmont Community Development Corporation in their efforts to better the Selmont community. -- Daniel Evans
Luke Hamilton hits a ball deep into the outfield during a game in the Showstopper Softball Tournament Saturday afternoon. The tournament was part of a Labor Day Weekend fundraising festival, meant to benefit the Selmont Community Development Corporation in their efforts to better the Selmont community. -- Daniel Evans

Softball teams play through Labor Day weekend

Published 7:26pm Monday, September 2, 2013

While many spent their weekend immersed in the first weekend of college football, several members of the community took part in the Showstopper Softball Tournament at the new park located behind Titpon-Durant Middle School.

“That’s the next best thing to watching Alabama play, playing softball,” Showstoppers head coach Zeb Lee joked.

The tournament featured teams with players of all ages, with the men playing on Saturday and Sunday and the women playing Labor Day.The tournament featured teams from Selma, Greenville, Brag Hill, Minter, Orrville, Maplesville, and Billingsley.

“It is going to be a whole lot of fun. It is not going to be too hot,” Lee said before taking the field. “We’ve got plenty of shade around here. We’ve got a big tent set up.”

The Showstoppers, who play a lot of their games on the field adjacent to the walking trail, encourage people to walk at the track and then relax and watch them play.

“With the track, [people] can be out here at night walking,” Showstoppers assistant coach Derrick Smith said. “That’s something they can do at night and then they can come over here and watch the game.”

Smith said the softball games give people something to do.

“It is something to do in the neighborhood to get everybody to come out see,” Smith said. “It is something we do year-round, trying to keep folks out of trouble.”

Continuing to shape up the softball field is still in the future plans for the Selmont Community Development Corporation, but for now the team works with what they have.

“They have [already] been playing softball here. We still have to finish that up,” SCDC president Vivian Jones said Saturday at the opening of the new Tipton-Durant Walking Trail. Jones said right now the team is “doing it the old way”, lining the grass and playing without a full infield.

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