After a relaxing two weeks in the San Francisco Bay Area, I'm back at my desk ready for the fall sports season to begin. But first, there's still some unfinished business from summer, most of which is happening this week.
First off, the Wilson Tobs are on the verge of capturing the second-half championship in the Coastal Plain League's South Division. If the Tobs win at Florence (S.C.) on Monday night, they'll do just that and pretty much assure themselves of not only hosting the first-round playoff game Thursday night in Fleming Stadium, but also the best-of-3 semifinals series if they advance. After years of playing the Petitt Cup tournament at a single site, never in Wilson, it'll be fun to see the Tobs host a playoff game — or three.
The Wilson County Junior Golf Association is holding its annual championship tournament, beginning Monday at Wilson Country Club with round two slated for Tuesday at Happy Valley Country Club and the final round to be held Wednesday at Wedgewood. This is the 31st annual tournament, named the Larry Pittman Memorial many years ago after one of Wilson junior golf's central figures. I think it's pretty cool this tournament is still going strong after all these years. There are lots of folks, even many as old as me or (gulp!) even older, who grew up playing in this tournament.
Finally, the Babe Ruth World Series is back as the Wilson County Youth Athletic Association hosts the 12U Softball World Series at The Hole diamond at Rock Ridge Elementary School, beginning Thursday. If I had a nickel for every drop of sweat coming off WCYAA Athletic Director Mickey Davis' forehead this week, I could retire!
Go out and check out these young ladies, many of whom will be playing collegiate softball in a few years. Don't worry about the heat, it's still summer!