DUNCAN — The SC Xplosion finished its season with an unusual championship win in an annual tournament.
The Union-based non-profit 10U fast-pitch travel softball team known as SC Xplosion competed in an annual Support Our Troops tournament in Duncan, held the weekend after Veterans Day each year.
The team wore special jerseys with their colors and an American flag with the “Support Our Troops” slogan on the front. The jerseys were contributed by Crisp and Son and other team sponsors.
The team was among six teams in its age division for the tournament, and the Xplosion went undefeated in their first two bracket games on Saturday. They returned on Sunday to continue, but after two hours of rain delays, the tournament was cancelled.
In their age group, the SC Xplosion was one of two teams to go undefeated on Saturday, and the teams were compared by the number of runs allowed during their games on Saturday. The SC Xplosion gave away only two runs on Saturday, while the other team gave away three, making the SC Xplosion the 10U champions in the tournament.
On Monday, the team held an award ceremony and banquet at their practice field. The banquet included a players-versus-parents-and-coaches game and pizza which was donated by Tony’s Pizza of Union. Players received their Support Our Troops Tournament medals and student athlete medals from coach Billy Burgess.
“The importance of maintaining good grades is something that the coaches instill in the girls,” said Nikki Burgess, who helped found the team along with her husband, Billy. “While the girls of SC Xplosion are Union’s only 10U Championship softball team, they are also honor roll students! We could not be more proud of the girls. They have made so many individual and team accomplishments in a short amount of time.”
The Burgesses — and other coaches Mark Lawson and Donte Williams — said the team would not have been successful without the support from team parents, hard work and dedication from the girls, and sponsorships from local businesses in Union County. The team looks forward to growing as they will begin another season in the spring.
Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128.