After working their way through the regular season, teams in the Waxahachie Youth Baseball League competed in what they hope are three postseason tournament last weekend.
Vying for zone tournament titles and a berth at the state tournament, Waxahachie had teams competing in 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U divisions.
Waxahachie hosted two of the tournaments at the Optimist Fields and Sports Complex.
“We had a lot of teams compete well,” League president Dan Milliorn said. “We had so many teams at our fields that we were focused on being hosts, but we’re proud of how all our coaches and teams conducted themselves.
“The most important thing though is that from all reports, everyone had fun.”
The only team from Waxahachie to capture a tournament championship was playing on its home field as the 8U Marlins took first place in its division.
The Marlins cruised through their pool play with wins of 20-1 and 17-7.
On Sunday, the Marlins went through their bracket winning three games to reach the championship, where they beat the Red Oak Astros, 12-2.
In the 14U division, the Waxahachie A’s went undefeated through the tournament before having to forfeit its last game due to a pitching rule infraction.
In the semifinals, the A’s defeated a team they’re very familiar with, the Waxahachie Blue Jays, 9-8.
The Blue Jays made a run to the semifinals after getting off to an 0-1-1 start in pool play.
Three other Waxahachie teams reached the semifinals of their respective divisions, automatically earning a berth to the state tournament in two weeks.
In the 6U division, the Waxahachie Royals advanced to the semifinals, th 10U Yankees reached the semifinals and the 12U Braves reached the final four before losing to the eventual champs.
Playing in a postseason tournament means something different for the younger players according to Milliorn.
“It’s really exciting for them,” he said. “When they here they’re playing a team from Duncanville, it’s like their playing someone from a foreign country.
“As for the older kids, they want to show Waxahachie baseball is something to be proud of and they do a good job of that.”
While several teams have qualified for the state tournament, Milliorn said not all will attend.
“We as a league expect them to play through the zone tournament,” he said, “but after that we leave it up to the individual teams and parents.”
The state tournament, set to be hosted by Cedar Hill, begins Friday June 1 and runs through Sunday June 3.