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Posted on 16 Sep 2010 at 6:01pm

Dallas’ TKO softball team surprises everyone to win the NAGAAA World Series

BATTER UP | Members of the TKO team, from left to right: Dewitt Myers, Roger B., Chris Vogel, Mo Stephens, Woody Morrow (with ball), Chris Williams, John Gordon, Jason Taylor, Patrick Phelan (with trophy),Mark Beck, Ben Johnston, Ken Keistler, Grady Callaway and Marcus Nunn (seated). (Arnold Wayne Jones/Dallas Voice)

Although they’d just won the World Series, members of the Pegasus Slowpitch Softball Association team TKO did not go to Disney World. Instead, they headed back to Dallas, heads held high, just in time for Pride. With three injured players and a near comeback by the other team, confidence pushed the team to dominate the Long Beach Rounders and bring home the B-division trophy at the NAGAAA championship in Columbus, Ohio, last month.

With a strong  start in the first inning, Long Beach tied TKO in the bottom of the sixth.  Then third baseman Dewitt Myers swatted one for a double with runners on first and second. With four consecutive hits, the team pulled away from Long Beach and the buzz began.

“I felt confident after Dewitt’s double, “ coach and pitcher Woody Morrow says. “Then [hitter] Patrick [Phelan] led off strongly in the last inning.”

The winning moment was different for catcher Chris Williams. “I knew we had it when Chris Vogel, our shortstop scooped the third out up,” he says. “But even then, I felt shocked and did not believe it.”

As great as the victory was for TKO (sponsored by Uptown Vision), the entire league has reason to be proud. Four teams from Big D placed in the top five in the other two divisions: The Round-Up Fuse placed second in C-division and Woody’s Wrecking Crew took home fifth; that was mirrored in D-division, with Dallas Thunder in second and Round-Up Diesel in fifth.

But this is TKO’s moment.

“The biggest thing I like about this team is the camaraderie we have,” first baseman Marcus Nunn says. “I’ve been to the World Series 13 years in a row, and this is the first time I won.”

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I’m really excited after 11 years to win the World Series. Credit goes to Woody our coach. He’s the reason we’ve been winning consistently.
— Ben Johnston, outfielder

We lost our best player on the first play of the first game. He recovered and contributed huge on that final day.
— John Gordon, catcher

When we dog piled around the pitchers mound is etched in my mind forever!
Patrick Phelan, utility player

— Rich Lopez

For more information, visit DallasPSSA.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 17, 2010.

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