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Forty-six teams compete in Nations tourney over the weekend

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By John Shindlebower

Baseball was king in Taylorsville over the weekend as the Nations Baseball tournament was held at various locations in the area, attracting 46 teams and hundreds of players, coaches and parents to the community.

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Organizer Chuck Fischer said the event went very well, although the number of teams and the limited number of fields forced on age group to play at Beechmont in Louisville.

Teams ranging in age from 8 and under to 14 and under arrived Friday from as far away as Covington, Lexington and even Indiana for the event. Fischer said he was pleased with the turnout and the support he got from the community.

“I think Taylorsville did a great job,” said Fischer, who credited people like Judge Executive David Jenkins, Parks Director Randy Wise, Daniel Cole of the local youth baseball association and coaches Scott Noel of Spencer County Middle School and Steve Slaughter of SCHS for making it all come together.

“We could not have done this without their help,” he said.

Fischer also had praise for the local businesses who offered up special coupons and even welcome signs on their marquees, and were very appreciative of the trolley rides offered from Ray Jewell to the high

school where many had to park. He said teams were very happy with the facilities overall.

For future events, he said it would be nice if Spencer County had a couple of extra fields for competition and additional parking at Ray Jewell Park.

Probably the biggest complaint was the heat, which soared well into the 90s during the tournament with heat indexes reported in the 100s. Teams not only battled opposing squads, but also the fight to stay cool in the dugouts betwee innings.

In the end, seven teams made it throught the heat and competition to advance on. In the 8 and under league, Ohio County took first place, with other winners as follows: 9&U - the Louisville Hornets, 10&U - Oldham County Vipers, 11&U - Kentucky Mudcats, 12&U - Louisville Tigers, 13&U, Middletown Bats and 14&U - Prospect Baseball.