Terminators are headed to national tourney

The Texas Terminators, a 12-and-under softball team, go to Bloomington, Indiana later this week to play in an ASA national softball tour-nament that will run from July 27 through Aug. 3.The Terminators will be one of about 30 teams who are expected to play in the national tournament, and are one of five Texas entries. The tournament will begin with pool play on Monday, July 28, followed by a double-elimination format.The Terminators, who are pictured above, recently played in Oklahoma City where they qualified for the national tournament with a fifth-place finish. They are ranked 21st in the nation. The team also played at previous qualifying tournaments that were held this year in Fort Worth, Farmers Branch and Wichita Falls.The team is in the proc-ess of raising the approximately $14,000 it will take to go to Bloomington, with each of the 10 players res-ponsible for $1,000. Players are Given Molina, Kaylee Garrison, Maddie Hicks, Alyssa Washington, Skyler Brooks, KiKi Roberson, Nana Salazar, Sky Borrego, Rachel Robinson, Aubri Espinoza and Alyssa Reyes. The two players who are from Sweetwater are Hicks and Espinoza, and Hicks’ grandfather, Don, who is also from Sweetwater, is the manager. Maddie’s dad, Derek Hicks of San Angelo, is a coach along with Bob Smith and Thomas New, who are both from Abilene.According to Don Hicks, he and Derek started up the team in the Metroplex area about three years ago. Five players have been on the team all three years.Team tryouts are held twice each year, in January and August. According to Don Hicks, the Terminators will usually play in 10-14 tournaments each year, all by invitation. He said his 10-12 year-olds play at least three different positions. The Oklahoma City tournament was played at the Softball Hall of Fame, home to the Women’s College World Series.Having experienced players is critical when a team is competing regularly at such a high level, as well as having good coaching, said Hicks. “They’re fortunate to have great coaches, not me, but the others, who are teaching them,” he said.