Area teams dominate Andrews tournament|Tournament namesake pleased with results

Published 11:53 am Wednesday, August 12, 2009

By Staff
Staff Reports
Area teams took three championships out of the five age divisions at the ninth annual Bobby Andrews Softball Scholarship tournament, which was held Friday through Sunday at the Susiegray McConnell Sports Complex.
The Dirt Devils won a best-of-three series in the 14U division by taking the first two games from Currituck 16-0 and 10-2. Andrew’s Angels did the same in the high school division, sweeping Washington 16-3 and 17-0 in two games on Friday night.
The Washington 10U all-stars had to fight through a field of seven in the 10U tournament to take the championship. Washington beat the Diamond Dusters 10-0 in the opening round, before beating the No. 1 seeded Tri-County Thunder 14-3 on Saturday afternoon in a huge upset win. The all-stars then blanked the Down East team 10-0, and beat the Diamond Dusters 8-6 in the championship game for their second win over the Dusters in three days.
Bobby Andrews, who lends his name to the tournament, said the competition was fierce in the 10U division, which also featured teams from Cashie, Edenton and Currituck.
The Washington 12U team made it all the way to the championship game before falling to the PC Tornadoes. For the tournament, the powerhouse teams met up three times, with the Tornadoes taking two games from Washington for the title.
Washington opened up with a 5-2 win over Currituck before losing to the Tornadoes 5-4 to fall into the loser’s bracket. Washington fought its way out of the loser’s bracket by beating Currituck 4-1, setting up a second meeting with the Tornadoes. Washington won the game 2-1 to force an if-necessary game. In the title game, Washington folded to the Tornadoes 7-2.
The Washington 8U team also made it to the championship game against Camden.
Washington started the tournament with a 4-2 win over the Diamond Dusters and a 14-10 win over Currituck. The girls lost by 10 to Camden 17-7 in the next round, dropping to the loser’s bracket. Washington beat Currituck again, 12-1, and took down Camden 15-9 in the championship round before falling to Camden 16-7 in the final.
Overall, Andrews considered the tournament another success both on and off the field.
“It just means so much to me that we can have this tournament, and girls can receive scholarships and go off to school,” he said. “It means everything to me.”