Softball complex ready for state tournament

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Nebraska High School State Softball tournament is in its tenth year at the Smith Softball Complex in Hastings. A reputation as the top facility in the state has contributed to the complex being a long term home of the tournament.

Terry Brown, the of Hastings Park and Recreation Department, said his crew has been working all week getting the fields in top condition. He says the surface of the diamonds are a special water absorbent mixture that, should there be rain, allows them to be ready quickly.

Brown, appearing on NBC Nebraska Today, said they have prepared for multiple contingencies, mainly dealing with the weather. On Wednesday morning, he was preparing to run the sprinklers on the frost covered outfields. Brown said that would melt the frost off the grass, thus avoiding damage that could be done once players start walking on the grass.

Tournament co-director Tracy Douglas, who is the Activities Director at Hastings High School, said the community has gotten into a routine hosting the tournament and that makes it easy for them to get volunteers.

The tournament runs through Friday when champions will be crowned in three different classes.