June 26, 2013
During the week of June 12, 2013, the “Texas Police Games” were hosted in Houston, Texas. The Men’s Open Softball event was held in League City at Big League Dream’s softball complex. It would be their first time in hosting the event. There were 22 teams in the event. The Big League Dreams Complex was very well received by the players. The field conditions were excellent and the weather was bearable. The heat index reached triple digits throughout the event. All in all it was a perfect site for both days of the softball competition. At stake during these two days of competition, were the “Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal” and “Bragging Rights” for the Gold Medal winners as the best “Law Enforcement” softball team in the Great “Lone Star State” of Texas.
This year’s event bracket provided San Antonio Law, which were last year’s champions, with a first round bye. San Antonio Law is considered by many, as one of the power house team’s in Texas and later this year they are to attend the Police World Series in Las Vegas for the first time. This could lend validity to their being acclaimed as a “Power House” and test their ability to contend, with the tough competition, at such a consistent and high level.
At the end of day one of the event, the winner’s bracket contained four teams who were unbeaten. In the top bracket, the Galveston County Enforcers had defeated the Choir Boys, from the Valley, by a 12 to 4 margin. The bottom bracket provided a much anticipated game between San Antonio Law and Team Texas. Team Texas has been tried and tested in the Police World Series in Las Vegas. San Antonio Law did not disappoint onlookers, with a 13-3 win, sending Team Texas to the loser’s bracket for day two.
On day two of the event, the undefeated Galveston County Enforcers and the undefeated San Antonio Law, squared off. After 50minutes of play, the Galveston County Enforcer’s and their outstanding defense, held San Antonio Law to 3 runs, while putting up 13 of their own. The Enforcers could now get a well deserved rest from the sweltering Texas heat. San Antonio Law would now move to the loser’s bracket.
In the losers bracket everyone would face the monumental task of enduring the heat and the torturous back to back game pace. The Choir Boys faced off against Team Louisiana. The team from the “SWAMPS” proved that they were not fazed by the Texas heat as they pulled off an 18 to 11 victory over the Choir Boys team from the Texas, Valley. Team Texas was pitted against the Houston Fire Department team, which has always pooled a formidable team that had sent several Police teams home. Team Texas was able to “Hose Down” the Fire Department in a tight, 13-11 victory. This set up a meeting between Team Texas and Team Louisiana and left San Antonio Law sitting, resting and watching Team Texas, now in their third game of the day.
The defenses for Texas and Louisiana showed their skill throughout the game. Each team turned double play after double play. They would shut one another down each time the other seemed to be on a hitting streak. After the Texas dust settled, Team Texas defeated Team Louisiana 10 - 8.
With three teams remaining, the proverbial “Cream” had now risen to the top in the softball event. All three of teams would medal in the Texas Police Games. The only question left was who would take the GOLD and the Bragging Rights? San Antonio Law, who put Team Texas in the loser’s bracket, would again be taking the field to try and put an end to Team Texas’ run through the loser’s bracket. Team Texas was not expected to be where they were. They did not have the touted players from the past. Players from the once dominant Team Texas had scattered to the four winds in search of greener pastures.
Despite losing top caliber players from their roster, Team Texas once again had risen to the occasion. They were playing with determination and were on the brink of returning to the “Glory Days” of yore. After 50 minutes of play, Team Texas’ defense had held the San Antonio Law to 8 runs. Team Texas used their once quite aluminum bats in a noisy manner, hammering out 15 Texas runs. This, coupled with the earlier statement that San Antonio Law was a “Power House,” would give respect to Team Texas and prove that for at least one week they were alive and well.
Now came what Team Texas had hoped would be a storybook finish to the Texas Police Games. Team Texas would face the fresh and rested, Galveston County Enforcers, in the Championship game. The time was now and the temperature was blistering. But, Team Texas, was hotter than the Texas sun. They could be seen in their dugout wringing the perspiration from their jerseys and downing every known energy drink they could find. The question was could Team Texas keep this streak alive.
The Galveston County Enforcers were given the home team choice by virtue of being in the finals undefeated. After four innings of play the Galveston County Enforcers found themselves down 12 to 0 and in a possible run rule situation. The Enforcers tallied 4 runs to prolong the inevitable. Team Texas would prevail in a 15 to 4 victory over the Galveston County Enforcers.
Team Texas had now put themselves at the threshold of the “Gold Medal” and “Bragging Rights,” IF game. This would be Team Texas fourth game of the day and seventh of the tournament. Was there to be one last chapter to this storybook finish? The temperature, at a sizzling high, would not give in to Team Texas and Galveston County Enforcers. The “High Noon” sun, in this small Texas town of League City, would make for a show down in the South. It would determine the Best in Texas for 2013.
The Galveston County Enforcer’s won the coin toss and selected the home team option. In some of the best defenses seen throughout the tournament, each team would put a stop to the other teams hitting rally, with diving catches and double plays. Team Texas had taken an early lead in the game. Going into the 7th and last inning of the game the Galveston County Enforcers could not grab hold of Team Texas. Team Texas held the Enforcers in the bottom of the seventh and won 11-9, claiming the GOLD MEDAL and BRAGGING RIGHTS as the best in the Lone Star State. The End of the Storybook finish….. For this year, Team Texas, can rightfully claim themselves as the #1 Power House Softball Team in the Law Enforcement and Texas Police Games circles.
Team Texas also realizes that when you play this type of top notch law enforcement softball, on any given day anything can happen. This week was their “Field of Dreams!” To play at the World Series level, there will have to be a few changes made. They played a five man infield until the last three games of the tournament. The outfielders clearly had given all they had and needed a rest. The coach of Team Texas knows from experience what it takes to compete at World Series level. Every game in the World Series is a championship game. You must bring your best. Mediocrities will not “Getter Done!”