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USSSA Softball Under Way in Intense Heat

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SALISBURY, Md.- The opening games of the USSSA softball tournament got under way in Wicomico County on Thursday with temperatures in the mid-90s and the heat index touching triple digits.

By 11 a.m.,, the Newark Fillies had already played two games in the tournament and a third still looming for later in the day.  Indira Purnell was the girl who toed the rubber in the second game for the Fillies.

"It was hot as ever and I am sweating like a pig," Purnell said.

Fortunately for the fans at the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex, plenty of tree cover provided a bit of relief from the direct sunlight and the heat.  However, for the players on the diamond, there was not much relief as the mercury rose.

"We play three pool games and then get seeded into bracket play for Friday and Saturday and Sunday and to prepare for games like this, we just try and stay hydrated.  Bring plenty of water, plenty of towels,  The girls use frog togs too to try and keep cool.  So all kinds of neat tricks we use to try and keep hydrated, said Newark coach, Tom Sheehan.

The three legged series will bring over 400 teams to the area with more than 5,000 girls participating.  Each and everyone of them hoping to be the best which means they are focusing all of their attention on the game at hand.  However, when it is as hot as it was on Thursday, it is not that simple.

"It's hard but you have to push through it and just stay hydrated," said Nikki Elliott on the Newark team.

All weekend long the girls will to stay hydrated as they work to beat their opponents and beat the heat.

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