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7 Dallas teams storm Chicago to (repeat?) victory at Gay World Series

MAVERICKS OF THE DIAMOND | Dallas Voice Drillers teammates, from left, Charlie Burrow, Joe Praznik, Selso Sifuentes, Jake Lewis, Reggie Markham and Keith Dossiere hope to best 54 other Division C teams at the NAGAAA Gay World Series in Chicago next week. (Arnold Wayne Jones/Dallas Voice)

Sure, Dallas is still basking in the championship light of the Mavericks winning the NBA Finals — and even the Rangers making the final of the MLB series —  but some smaller teams around these parts have made their own news.

Last year, the local team TKO won the B Division championship at the

NAGAAA World Series in Columbus, Ohio. They weren’t the only heroes: Four other teams from the Pegasus Slowpitch Softball Association placed in the top five in other divisions.

Could this year be a repeat? Seven teams are embarking on a trek to Chicago for the 35th Annual Gay Softball World Series. TKO is back in the mix but has graduated to the A Division while the remaining six round out the other divisions.

— Rich Lopez

For more information about the teams visit DallasPSSA.org and for the World Series, visit GaySoftballWorldSeries.com.

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A Division
Team: Round-Up TKO
Factoid: The most competitive and serious division, this is for the true hardcore athletes out to win. Last year, after 11 tries, TKO won their first World Series titles as B Division champs; this year, they have moved up to A — the only local team in this division.

B Division
Team: Dallas Woody’s Xplosion
Factoid: This team just formed last year — and actually defeated TKO in a June scrimmage.

Team: Hidden Door Eagle Assault
Factoid: You could say this is the team’s first season (it didn’t exist with this name until recently), although some say it’s morphed from the team Wolfpack.

C Division
Team: Dallas Voice Drillers
Factoid:  In their first year together, the team says hard work, focus and practice are their way of preparing for the series — and maybe a shot or two.
Fun factoid: “Three out of seven players are drag queens,” third baseman Keith Dossiere says.” Figure out which ones.” (We think he’s kidding, but not sure.)

Team: Round-Up Fuse
Factoid: Currently the division champions, Fuse also boasts an 11-game winning streak.

D Division
Team: Round-Up Diesel
Factoid: “We are the ‘bear’ team in the PSSA,” team member Curtis Glenn says. “We are kinda the Susan Lucci of softball. We have finished in 5th place in our last three tournaments.”

Team: Dallas Boom
Factoid:  The Boom had a very healthy season with a 12-win record out of a 16 game season. They dominated most victories with scores two and three times above their opponents.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 26, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

1 straight guy too many: Judge rules NAGAAA can limit non-gay players on gay softball teams

A photo by Chuck Dube from PSSA’s 2011 Opening Day

U.S. District Judge John Coughenour in Seattle has ruled that the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance has the right to limit the number of non-gay players on gay softball teams in the association, according to this report from MyFoxDFW.

NAGAAA, by the way, is the organization with which Dallas’ Pegasus Slowpitch Softball Association and North Texas Women’s Softball Association are associated. NAGAAA also sponsors the annual Gay World Series, being held this year in Chicago, Aug. 29-Sept. 3.

Judge Coughenour wrote in his ruling: “Plaintiffs have failed to argue that there is a compelling state interest in allowing heterosexuals to play gay softball.”

The judge did say, however, that the case — brought by three bisexual men on a San Francisco NAGAAA team — can go to trial because there were some questions over how NAGAAA applied its rule allowing no more than two non-gay players per team. Trial is set for Aug. 1.

The three men filed the suit after their eligibility was questioned by rivals during a 2008 Gay World Series game in Seattle.

—  admin

Pegasus Slowpitch Softball Association: Opening Day 2011

Photos by Chuck Dube/Dallas Voice (MarceloMedia)

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—  John Wright

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ROLE MODEL
Joel Burns

City Councilman,
Fort Worth District 9
City Hall,
1000 Throckmorton St.
817-392-8809

If there was one award we could have predicted the winner of last fall, it was this one. Joel Burns made history in 2007 when residents of Fort Worth’s District 9 elected him to represent them on the City Council, in the process becoming the city’s first-ever openly gay council member. But it was in 2010, after Burns made headlines around the country with a 12-minute heartfelt appeal to LGBT youth contemplating suicide, that his star really sparkled. Recounting his own teenage experience with bullies, Burns spoke of the successes in his life since then and the love he found with his husband, J.D. Angle. And Burns promised: “It gets better.” And it did, for millions of Americans, after hearing Burns. That’s more than a role model; that’s a hero.

— Tammye Nash

 

BEST LOCAL LGBT ORGANIZATION
Resource Center Dallas

2701 Reagan St.
214-528-0144
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A TEAM YOU WANNA BE A MEMBER OF Pegasus member club TKO took home the top trophy at the Gay World Series last summer.

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There may be no “I” in team, but there’s definitely an “A” in gay. And Dallas is home to two of the most A-list gay sports clubs anywhere. Voice readers agreed, voting both into the top spot as their favorite social/sports organization. Pegasus Slow-pitch Softball is a league with more than two dozen teams, with names as colorful as the players: Imagine getting up to bat against a pitcher for­ the Donkey Punchers. Or the Itchy Kitties. Or Sons of Pitches. Pretty intimidating, right? Well, not really. PSSA is celebrated for its camaraderie, sportsmanship and sense of fun. The spring season just started, so it’s not too late to catch them in action or put on a jersey and join a team. If you prefer hitting balls with your hands instead of a bat, DIVA, the Dallas Independent Volleyball Association, is the perfect organization for showing off that killer serve or power spike you perfected when nobody was looking in middle school P.E. There are five divisions of teams (recreational, intermediate, competitive, advanced and power), so no matter your skill level, there’s a team (with or without a net) waiting with open arms. Just not so open that they miss the ball.

— Steven Lindsey

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Next Black Tie Dinner: Saturday, Nov. 12
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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 18, 2011.

—  John Wright

14 men, out

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.

—  Kevin Thomas