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

Dallas teams fall short at World Series

Dallas Diesel

None of the seven Dallas teams that traveled to Chicago for the NAGAAA World Series won their divisions. But hey, winning isn’t everything.

“The series went great,” said Keith Dossier of the Dallas Voice Drillers.

John Gordon of Round Up TKO said the weather was great and the games well organized.

“The Dallas teams made a good showing,” Gordon said. “This year the competition was tough.”

Last year, Dallas teams won the B Division and came in second in the C and D divisions.

“We’re looking forward to next season,” Gordon said.

Next summer, the series will be in Minneapolis.

Gordon said TKO, which has been together a number of years, is planning to stay together and is talking about competing in a series in New Orleans in December.

Below is a look at how the Dallas teams fared this year, as well as the winners of each division.

—  David Taffet

Making up a winning team

Frank Holland

Pekers gay bar sponsoring team of Dallas Police officers in softball league

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When most people in Dallas think of nightclubs sponsoring a softball team, they think of the Pegasus Slowpitch Softball Association. But the owner of the gay bar Pekers, located on Oak Lawn Avenue, this year broke that mold by sponsoring a team of Dallas police officers competing in softball league that plays in Garland.

Frank Holland, owner of Pekers, said the partnership started after some of the officers responded to a call in his bar’s parking lot. The extreme heat of this year’s North Texas summer was taking its toll on the officers, so Holland’s bar offer them water and food.

Not long afterward, “They actually came in and asked us if we would sponsor them,” Holland explained. “They remembered how nice [the people at] Pekers were, and they loved the logo.”

Holland also said the bar has gotten very good response from its patrons, who think it’s great that Pekers is sponsoring the officers’ team.

“Most of the gay bars have a really good rapport [with the Dallas Police],” Holland said. “We think it’s a good thing for the community because it shows the police are not as homophobic as people think they are.”

And the officers are happy with the arrangement, too.

Officer Brian Nolff, one of the softball team members, said that he and his fellow officers worked in the Oak Lawn area and had been looking around at different sponsorship opportunities. The gayborhood had been kind to them in the past, Nolff said, so they figured Pekers’ sponsorship of the team would be a good connection for them.

“It’s been real positive as far as the officers [and the community] are concerned,” Nolff said.

Nolff said it doesn’t matter where the sponsorship comes from, as long as the team supported. The prospect of having a gay bar as a sponsor didn’t deter any of the team members, he said, adding that they “haven’t had an issue with it yet.”

Pekers will be paying for the team’s uniforms and other equipment, and club staff and patrons plan to caravan out to Garland to watch the games. The games will be held on Monday nights at Audubon Park at 7 p.m.

—  John Wright