CLOVER — The Clover Parks and Recreation staff was pleased with the response to the O-Zone District Tournament held last week before enthusiastic crowds at Clover Community Park.
The event, won by Lancaster American, included a Clover-York All-Star showdown the first day of the tournament, with the Clover team winning a 14-13.
Both the Clover and York all-star teams came within one win of advancing to the tournament championship game.
“We like hosting the district tournament,” said Clover Parks and Rec director Greg Holmes. “The kids were excited about serving as host team for the tournament. We have the staff and the facilities to run a district tournament.”
Drew Kaser, program coordinator for Clover Rec, echoed Holmes’ excitement. “The tournament ran smoothly,” said Kaser. “We were able to get the games in despite the threat of rain each day.”
Kaser, who coordinated the event, monitored the tournament. “We were pleased with the overall response,” he said.
Kenny Gilfillan, umpire chief for one of the largest districts in the state, was an interested spectator, sharing his views alongside Holmes and York Parks and Rec director Carolyn Leake.
Gilfillan, a Hickory Grove resident, rendered a decision when the plate umpire appealed to the “chief” regarding a controversial call challenged by the Union head coach during the closely-contested Clover-Union game.
“I told them that a protest cannot be made when it’s a judgment call,” Gilfillan said.
While a double-header was being played involving the Clover and York all-stars, the rain held off and a cool breeze made it feel a bit unseasonal. Some spectators wore jackets at Clover Community Park.