Officials, teams ready for softball regional

sports@macon.comJuly 24, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- The grass on the field is so green right now, that a man working on the scoreboard actually asked if it was Astroturf.

The gift shop was closed with papers covering all the windows as workers prepared priceless souvenir items for the influx of shoppers in the next seven days.

The pitcher’s mound was getting love from facilities manager Cheryl Miller and her crew of volunteers.

The Little League and American flags were lifted by the summer breeze in perfect harmony.

It was as if the Little League Southeast Park was not only ready to host the best young softball teams from around the region, but it was proud to do so. After all, it gets to show off for only two weeks each year, and one is for the Little League Southeastern Softball Tournament, which starts Thursday.

Matt Weber, assistant regional director, took it all in stride.

“I woke up and I was a little bit nervous, but mainly, I was like, ‘Yes it’s finally here’,” said Weber, who has been in his current job for five months.

“I mean, we work all year for these two weeks and it is a very exciting time. I believe that we are prepared for whatever is thrown at us, and we are all excited and our attitude is ‘let’s make this happen’.”

Of course, the biggest issue that a week-long softball tournament can have is the weather.

“We know that we will probably get some rain during the tournament and we are prepared for it in every way that we can be,” Weber said.

“Cheryl works on this field all year long and does a fantastic job. The weather is probably my main worry, but I have seen torrential downpours during tournaments in West Virginia and we still got the tournament done. I am very confident we can handle it.”

The action begins with Florida taking on North Carolina at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

“It will be great softball for the next week with the very best teams in the region representing their states,” Weber said. “We have a very strong field this year and I can’t wait to get started.”

The first pitch has yet to be thrown in the Little League Southeastern Regional Softball Series, but Team Florida has taken an early lead in the volume and number of team chants.

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