EASI (Emergency Ambulance Services) won its second straight Casey Crowder Tournament this weekend by defeating Simmons First 9-8 in the Little Girls Division championship game on Sunday at the Monroe-Ryburn softball complex in Pine Bluff.
Simmons defeated EASI 11-10 in the first matchup but because the tournament was double-elimination, the two teams met again and EASI was able to win.
EASI defeated Arkansas Printing 16-2 in the first game of the tournament and won their next two games to advance to the championship game.
EASI is led by manager Don Marks and coaches Micah Neal and Stanley Jones.
Relyance Bank, which also won it 2013 under former team name Pine Bluff National Bank, won the Big Girls Division. They are managed by Lonny Doolin.
Chandler Bishop and Natalie Johnson received a $1,000 scholarship to go toward any college of their choice. In eight years, the tournament has awarded 14 girls with scholarships.
“This is such an amazing thing,” tournament director Cassidy Davis said. “This tournament is a blessing on so many levels.”
Davis said if anyone would like to donate money towards the Casey Bess Crowder Scholarship Fund, they can visit the Arkansas Community Foundation website at www.arcf.org.
Davis said she was happy the weather was able to hold off.
“We were supposed to have rain Saturday evening and all day Sunday,” Davis said. “I don’t know about the rest of the Pine Bluff area, but at the Monroe-Ryburn softball complex, we didn’t have any rain on Saturday and maybe just 30 minutes of it on Sunday.”