Kansas Crush Battle Teams, Elements in Texas Tourney

Wet fields have been nothing unusual in Kansas this baseball season, and the Kansas Crush 12 and under baseball team couldn't escape them in a trip to a national tournament in Texas.

The Crush won the USSSA (United State Specialty Sports Association) state tournament in Shawnee to advance to the national tournament in Plano, Texas this week. Opening ceremonies were held in the rain-soaked stadium that's home to the minor league Rough Riders team. Recent rains in Texas have left the infield sporting a small lake.

Game One did get off in a nearby stadium Monday. The Crush downed the Texas Storm from Double Oak, TX, 8-0 in 5 innings. They take on the Arkansas Renegades Tuesday night. The team reports field conditions aren't perfect - the second baseman is finding mud up his ankles behind the bag!

The event features 28 teams from Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Games continue through the weekend. The Crush play in the SCABA league at Lake Shawnee, where they were regular season champions in the 12 and under division.

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