All Dallas teams advance in Gay Softball World Series

Dallas Drillers C and D division teams

The North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance is holding the World Series in Minneapolis this week, and the Dallas contingent is doing well so far, with all teams from Pegasus Slowpitch Softball Association winning games on Tuesday. In fact, of the 12 games played, only one was lost. That gives them a collective start of 11-1 — which ties a record for Dallas teams at the World Series, says PSSA member Woody Morrow.

The league is divided into five divisions, with Dallas fielding two each teams in B, C and D divisions. The two divisions of the Dallas Drillers  are sponsored by Dallas Voice.

Play continues today, although with a rain delay of two hours. The finals are on Saturday.

The standings so far:

Division B:

Hidden Door Assault (1-1):  vs. the Seattle Battalion 14–4; vs. Atlanta Ambush 10-9 (loss)

Woody’s X-plosion (2-0): vs. Twin Cities Frostbite 10–9; vs. NYC Wings 12-7.

Division C:

Dallas Drillers (2-0): vs. Milwaukee Force 12–9; vs. Twin Cities Infinity, 8-6.

Woody’s Wreckin’ Crew (2-0): vs. Memphis Neons 16–6; vs. Atlanta Ambush 13-12.

Division D:

Dallas Drillers (2-0) vs. Southern New England York Street 17–7; vs. Atlanta Aggression 10-5.

Woody’s Demolition Crew (2-0): vs. Milwaukee Silver 23–5; vs. Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes 12-10.

 

—  David Taffet

Austin to march against hate on Saturday

A march is planned Saturday afternoon in downtown Austin in response to an anti-gay hate crime that occurred there last weekend. The march will go from Oilcan Harry’s, a gay bar on Fourth Street, to Austin City Hall. This is the same route two members of the Shady Ladies gay softball team were walking when when they were assaulted by four men Friday night. From the Facebook event page:

Hi Everyone,

Late last Friday night on February 19, two of our players were on their way home from OCH after attending Softball Austin’s Jersey Night which kicks off each new softball season. All of our players, including Matt Morgan and Emmanuel Winston, were wearing their Shady Ladies jersey as part of the festivities.

As Matt & Emmanuel began their walk from OCH to their car at City Hall, they didn’t notice the four men following them. When they got close to City Hall, the men ambushed Matt & Emmanuel uttering slurs about their sexuality and violently beat them before running away. Their only motivation in the attack was hate.

Our community needs to come together and take a stand against Hate and let our Austin Police and City Leaders know that they need to do more to ensure the safety and protection of all Austinites who make that same walk every night.

This Saturday afternoon, we are holding an “Austin March Against Hate” and we want to get the entire community to come join us as we all walk together with Matt Morgan and Emmanuel Winston as we take that same walk from OCH to City Hall. We will gather at OCH starting at 2PM on Saturday, February 27, 2010 and we will march from OCH to City Hall at 3PM!

We will all be wearing our Shady Ladies shirts. If you participate in any of Austin’s many GLBT sports leagues, please wear your team’s jersey as well.

Many of you have also asked about wanting to buy a Shady Ladies shirt to wear and we will have those available for purchase on Saturday for just $10.

So let’s get the entire community unified this Saturday afternoon and take a stand against hate!

See everyone on Saturday!

Thanks,

Shady Ladies Softball Team

—  John Wright

Anti-gay hate crime in downtown Austin?

In other news out of Austin, two gay softball players say they were the victims of an anti-gay hate crime Friday night, according to KXAN-TV. The men, Matt Morgan and Emmanuel Winston, said they were wearing their softball jerseys when a group of men yelling anti-gay slurs attacked them near Austin City Hall. The victims apparently fought back and have filed a report with the Austin Police Department. They were both able to play in their game Sunday, and Morgan hit a home run. Watch KXAN’s report above.

—  John Wright