Double-elimination tournament play begins today at gay softball World Series

Dallas Voice Drillers

As we mentioned last week, seven teams from Dallas are in Chicago competing this week in the 35th annual Gay Softball World Series. This is the largest annual gay sports event in the world with more than 3,000 people participating this year.

Rugby star Ben Cohen was on hand for the opening ceremonies. Cohen will be at Dallas Pride on Sept. 18. The opening ceremony took place at the Navy Pier on Monday night.

More than 150 teams from 41 North American cities are participating. In addition to the competition, there will be a street fair in Boystown over the weekend. Tournament winners will be recognized on Sunday on the field during Pride Day at Wrigley Field for the Cubs game.

The first two days of play are called pool play. Keith Dossiere of the Dallas Voice Drillers said pool play is a warm up and determines rankings for the double-elimination tournaments that begin today. In each division, the team with the best record in pool play plays the lowest-ranked team, the second-place team plays the team ranked next to last, and so on.

Results can be found on the World Series website. You can also follow the World Series on Facebook and Twitter. And stay tuned to Instant Tea for updates on the Dallas teams.

—  David Taffet