Fellow South Carolinians from Georgetown to Landrum came to Union for the 2010 Dixie Girls State Tournament held at Union’s Timken Sports Complex.
Fans, players, coaches and officials stayed at local hotels, ate at local restaurants and spent countless hours at the brand new sports complex beginning Saturday and lasting through Wednesday evening.
No matter where they traveled from, fans were impressed by Union’s new sports complex.
“This is a top notch facility. It’s better than some of the places we’ve played the World Series — in places like Louisiana, Virginia, Texas and North Carolina.” said South Carolina’s National Dixie Girls Tournament Director Ralph Henson.
Santuc native George Lawrence said this is yet another great addition to Union.
“Union has great things to offer like high school plays and Boogaloo, but this is a top notch facility,” Lawrence said. “This has been a five day high on sports.”
Jason Plemmons of Union said the talk around the complex has been nothing but positive.
“I’ve heard opponents say they wish they had this in their hometown,” Plemmons said. “I think it’s awesome to host, especially during these economic times. We’ve been fortunate and the complex’s staff has done a great job with the fields.”
“Union is a ball town and to host this tournament has been wonderful,” said Union County Dixie Girls Board Member Denise Grant.
Timken Sports Complex Assistant Director Paul Wilkes is proud of the complex’s amenities.
“Fans really appreciated the blue bleacher sun shade and the amply sized air-conditioned restroom facilities,” Wilkes said.
His hopes are that everyone’s experience will bring more tournaments to Union and the Timken Sports Complex.
“Fans and players came from all over the state of South Carolina and we want them to leave with an impressive, lasting memory of not only the complex but of Union, South Carolina,” Wilkes said.
National Director Henson said talks are under way to plan a World Series tournament at the Timken Sports Complex.
“I’ve talked with Ron (Ronnie Wade) and we’ve discussed the idea of Union hosting a World Series,” Henson said. “There are many things to consider when deciding on a site. And as far as the complex goes, it’s possible for Union.”