WAYNE – Although games have been cut drastically and one of the age groups has canceled their season for Dirt Devil softball, four other teams will get that chance to play ball and show off their skills they’ve been fine-tuning the past couple weeks.
Fan attendance will no longer be limited to household family members as of Monday, June 22 (new DHMs for 89 of 93 counties) and will be moved to rated capacity. As for the upcoming games between Thursday, June 18 – Sunday, June 21, only players, coaches and game personnel will be allowed inside the Summer Sports Complex. All fans wishing to watch home games for youth softball and baseball will be able to stand outside the outfield fences with six-feet of separation from other families.
Dirt Devil 10s, 12s, 14s along with the combined 16/18s will participate in summer competition. Thursday’s games will mark the first live-local sports for area teams since Laurel-Concord-Coleridge won the boys state basketball state tourney on March 14; nearly 100 days ago.
With Thursday, June 18 being the first date that baseball and softball teams are allowed to play a game, two of the age groups will be in action at home. Dirt Devil 14 & Under will host Golden Girls 1 (Norfolk) at 6:30/8 p.m. while Dirt Devil 16/18s will entertain Highway 91 at 6:30/8 p.m.
The next round of Dirt Devil softball games will be on Tuesday, June 23 with all teams in action. The 10s will visit Pender at 6/7:30 p.m.; 12s visit Kelly’s (Norfolk) at 6:30/8 p.m.; 14s host Golden Girls 2 (Norfolk) at 6/8 p.m. while the 16/18s will entertain Kelly’s (Norfolk) at 6:30/8 p.m.
Other Dirt Devil 10s games being scheduled include hosting Pender (6/25); at Golden Girls in Norfolk (6/30); vs. Kelly’s of Norfolk (7/2); vs. Golden Girls of Norfolk (7/9) and at Kelly’s of Norfolk (7/14).
Other Dirt Devil 12s games include hosting Highway 91 (6/30); hosting Ponca (7/7); at West Point (7/9) and at Pender (7/14).
After hosting Golden Girls 1 & 2, the Dirt Devil 14s will visit Golden Girls 1 (6/25) and play at Ponca (6/30) before gearing up for a busy July. The team will compete against Wahoo and Elkhorn in the Wahoo Triangular (7/3); visit West Point (7/7); host Pender (7/9); compete in the USSSA State Tourney in Seward (7/10 – 7/12); host Logan View (7/14) and visit Golden Girls 2 (7/16).
The combined 16/18s will travel to Pender and West Point on June 25 and June 30 before hosting Ponca (7/7); compete in the Wahoo Quad (7/11); visit Yankton, SD (7/16) and take part in the Class C State Tourney (7/24 – 7/26).
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