World's eye turned toward Roxana

In what’s become an annual affair, the softball world will be looking to Roxana for the Senior League Softball World Series next week.
Teams from around the country, as well as Europe, Latin America and Asia will be descending onto our little coastal oasis to do battle and determine the world champion. The softball will be at a high level, the fans will be enthusiastic and the players will get the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of a global audience, as well as file away some memories that should last a lifetime.
And you should go watch.

While attendance has been strong for the event over the past three years, it seems to be predominantly families of teams participating in the event and softball enthusiasts from this community. We feel like a lot of people are missing out on a great experience simply because they don’t consider themselves “seamheads” — people who are crazy for softball or baseball.

This is the World Series. Some of the best softball players at this age from around the globe will be right here to battle for superiority, and it’s an incredible event for this community to host the last several years. It’s fun, even if you have never considered yourself a softball fan before this event.

A team from Laurel will be representing District III in the World Series this year, so there is definitely a home team to root for, and the girls from all the teams will no doubt get you smiling at some point — either for their prowess on the field or their contagious enthusiasm for the game and their teammates.

The first games begin at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9, and a complete schedule for the tournament is available on page A53 of this week’s Coastal Point. Our special publication, Homeplate, that covers the Series exclusively will be in next week’s paper, as well as at the Pyle Center.

Get out and enjoy the World Series. It is a great time.

There has been a rash of burglaries in the area lately, and storeowners and residents are wise to remain vigilant. A male-female team has hit several stores for cash in the area, and reports have come in concerning property thefts from homes and properties.
We are blessed to live in a community where crime is low, but sometimes it does pop up its head, and now appears to be one of those times. Pay attention, and report suspicious activities.