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Rain Hangs State Tournament Softball Players Out to Dry

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GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- Sherman and Denison hoped hosting the little league state softball tournament would be good for tourism and drum up new business -- but the softball players are spending more time off the field then they would like.

 It looks like something out of a familiar Dr. Suess story.

While it rains outside, the girls inside the Denison Hampton Inn just want to play.

"I hate the rain," said Legends Softball player Destiny Wilett.

The Legends 15 & under softball team were supposed to play in the state championship final today.

"They've covered the sand part, the dirt part, so it's ok, it's just the outfield is in really bad shape right now so it all depends on if it'll stop raining," said Legends Coach Scott Williams. "If it'll dry out in time or at least not have water standing."

Leaving the seven remaining teams in limbo. Sherman and Denison are hosting the tournament. The fields have been covered,  but the rain continues to soak it through. And the players are all dressed up with no game to play.

"It's very important," said Legends player Hayley Bell. "This is our only chance. We just want to get first."

The team drove four hours from a little town south of Waco called Bruceville-Eddy, raising thousands of dollars just to make the trip.

"Our little town has never won a state championship at any level," Williams said. "They've gotten close, but they've never won. Boys or girls, so this would be a big deal for out little town."

The undefeated team has even won over the hotel staff.

"We're all on pins and needles," said Hampton Inn General Manger Doug Bradley. "The girls are dying to come take their picture with us with their trophies."

But those trophies may come without any championship game at all. The city told the team if the fields are not dry by Saturday, they will have to declare the legends the winners based on their tournament record alone. A thought players can't stand.

"I'm going to be really mad, because [it's] earned, not given," Bell said.

Both Sherman and Denison Parks and Recreation said they won't know until tomorrow if the games can continue because it all depends on how saturated the outfield is in the morning.
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