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Rain ruins last day of Spirit softball tourney
Chattanooga team declared winner when weather cancels final game

By Josh Cooper
jcooper@decaturdaily.com · 340-2460

The CTS softball team had the easiest championship game it could have possibly hoped for in the Spirit of America softball tournament.

A sheet of rain flooded the Wilson Morgan Park fields and the Chattanooga-based team, which had not lost a game, was declared the winner. This marked the squad’s second straight tournament championship.

“It feels great. This is the best tournament around here,” CTS team manager Donald Ramsey said.

“We love coming around here and competing.”

CTS’s victory capped a weekend that saw a total of 106 softball games in three days amongst 56 teams.

Groups came from as far as away as Mississippi and Tennessee and as close as the host city.

“The Spirit of America tournament is always big for the city of Decatur,” said David Wisdom, assistant complex manager for the Wilson Morgan softball complex. “You want the teams come to the city and see what it has to offer. The whole city welcomes them with open arms.”

On Sunday, the rain came at about 1:20 p.m.

It started right as the semifinal game between Mike’s One Stop and Walker Sport was nearing completion.

After Mike’s One Stop pulled out a 10-8 victory, putting the team in the Class D final against CTS, the skies opened up.

Rain poured down from every direction, flooding the fields and putting a damper on what had been a festive weekend.

At around 2:15 p.m., Mike’s One Stop manager Clay Rasbury said he and his team were going back to its home in Vernon, which is south of Sulligent.

“I’d hate to end it like this with the weather,” Wisdom said. “But CTS played very well this weekend. We’re very pleased with how the tournament went.”

CTS had an estimated six players who played competitive baseball in college, but its closest margin of victory was by two in a 6-4 victory against the North Mississippi Nighthawks in the tournament’s second round.

According to Ramsey, the core of the team has played together for more than 10 years, with a few young additions every so often to keep the group motivated.

“We have always been pretty competitive,” Ramsey said. “This is the best team we have ever had talent wise.”

Overall, CTS defeated its opponents by an average of 7.8 runs a game.

On Sunday morning, CTS defeated Mike’s One Stop 16-2.

When asked whether it was tough to end the tournament with a rain out victory, Ramsey said, “Oh, definitely. But we defeated every team we played.

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