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Softball teams battle for position

The Recreational Leagues continue to do battle for the number one spots in the 2013 spring softball season. In just a few short weeks, the two divisions, A and B, will challenge opposing teams for the number one standing going into the tournament. The Highlands County Sports Complex is the place to be on Tuesday nights to share in the excitement. With 19 teams competing, there's plenty of action. On Tuesday, the two leading teams going into the competition were Sunshine Staffing/Alan Jay with a 5-0 record lead for the A League and Under Pressure with a 5-2 record for the B League.
Omar Dejesus, coach for Sunshine Staffing/Alan Jay, is grateful for his team's sponsors. "We went around and asked companies to help us out and donate so that we could play," DeJesus said. "Both Sunshine Staffing and Alan Jay were kind enough to fund us. This team has been together since the beginning of the year. A bunch of us guys were playing on other teams and decided to make up our own team. I've been playing baseball all my life. I played at Lake Placid High School and Webber International University. Baseball is in my veins. I love this complex; I play Tuesday nights for the Rec League and Thursday nights on the Church League, which is also on top with six wins and no losses." Ross Porter, coach for Under Pressure, has been playing with his team for three years. The players know each other well and their game shows it. Porter is an experienced player. "I play all over the state," Porter said. "But I love to play here in Highlands County. Even when you compare this complex to those in larger counties, they just don't compare. This is one of the best complexes in the entire state." Their sponsor, Under Pressure Sports, helps the team with funding for various expenses. Sunshine Staffing/Alan Jay played a good game. So good, in fact, that they remain undefeated. Their current standing is 6-0. They played Bible Fellowship in a very exciting competition. "We had a good game and had a lot of hitting and a lot of runs," DeJesus said. "We had one home run and played great defense." Under Pressure took on the Hitmen in the B League. In what turned out to be a fairly close game, the Hitmen prevailed with a score of 10 -7. The Hitmen led by six runs, but Under Pressure got in the swing and started hitting and scoring and pulled within a run in the sixth inning. The Hitmen kept the pressure on and tallied three runs to take control of the game. The tournament is coming up and all the teams are bringing their top game every Tuesday evening. Games begin at 6:45 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. There is no admission fee and all are invited to come and watch the teams compete.