It's not often that the Mid-Ohio Valley takes center stage in the regional sports world. Sure, we have some terrific events that bring people to the area. The Riverfront Roar in Marietta is one such event. In West Virginia, there's the WVIAC college softball tournament, hosted by the Vienna Parks and Recreation Commission for the 7th consecutive year.
An event like this, one that brings 12 schools and their fans from all over the state, is not an easy one to plan by any means. Most were concerned this year when the initial forecasts spelled more doom and gloom than a swine flu report on the nightly news. Meaning, the event's organizers had to be ready to roll with the punches and magically have the field ready at all costs.
The park's director Norm Harris was the point man this weekend. But he had been gearing up for this tournament for much longer. He was great at communicating to the media, coaches and fans all the scheduling adjustments every time we felt the slightest rain drop.
So three days and 23 games later, the tournament went largely without a hitch. In the end, West Virginia Wesleyan took the title for 2nd time in three years, locking up the automatic bid in the D-2 national tournament.
I'd be remiss if I didn't make sure to recognize all the area volunteers that helped move the tournament along. The OVU softball team provided a number of staffers to help those non softball experts like myself get up to speed throughout the weekend.