On Thursday afternoon eight teams showed up to vie for the National Christian College Association girl’s softball championship playing at the Botetourt Sports Complex. The teams have traveled from as far away as California. The competitors were served a banquet by Mill Creek Baptist Church at Lawrence Transfer lunch room in the Greenfield Center Business Center on Wednesday evening.
“The teams have rented 340 hotel rooms in Botetourt County and that does not count the fans and family rooms,” said Sports Complex manager Jim Farmer. “They have flooded local Botetourt restaurants for the past two days,” noted Pete Peters Director of Parks and Recreation.
At 2:00 pm today Pete Dyer of Bluefield College co-sponsor of the tournament with Botetourt County, Charles Brisco and Dan Wood from the NCCA,walked on the field with Terry Austin, Buchanan Supervisor, Peters of Parks and Rec, County Administrator Kathleen Guzi and Tourism Coordinator Lisa Moorman, who sang the National Anthem, were on hand to welcome the teams, fans and families to the event.
Austin said, “We welcome you to Botetourt County. “Last night at the banquet you looked like beauty queens. Today you are wearing your cletes and it is game on!”
The Christian colleges have also spent hours of community service in the Roanoke Valley in the past two days giving the equivalent of $10,000 worth of hourly work to every thing from Alpha Childcare Center to the Madonna House to the Roanoke Rescue Mission.
The teams playing are:
#1 California Baptist University Lancers from Riverside, California
#2 Cedarville University Yellow Jackets from Cedarville, Ohio
#3 North Greenville University Crusaders from Tigerville, South Carolina
#4 Trevecca Nazarene University from Nashville, Tennessee
#5 Judson University Eagles from Elgin, Illinois
#6 Campbellsville University Tigers from Campbellsville, Kentucky
#7 Emmanuel College Lions from Franklin Springs, Georgia
#8 Covenant College Scots from Lookout Mountain, Georgia
Each team by cede entered the championship field to be introduced before a crowd of admiring fans. Games continue through today and tomorrow. The National Championship game will take place on Saturday night.