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Crosby ISD, TAPPS team up to host the baseball, softball state tourney

Elliott LapinMay 23, 2019

TAPPS estiamtes that about 5,200 people, excluding players and team personnel, came to Ballparks — high school baseball and softball fields in Crosby — from May 14-18.

For the second year in a row, the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools held its baseball and softball state tournaments in Crosby.

“Over the past five years, we have moved the events from central Texas to the Houston area in search of artificial surface facilities that can provide scheduling flexibility. The ball fields at Crosby are a great answer to those needs,” stated TAPPS Executive Director Brian Bunseimeyer.

The top four teams from each TAPPS Division, five baseball divisions and four softball divisions from across Texas, advanced to the state tournament. Two semifinal games and a championship game was held for each division, a total of 27 games.

The facility features two baseball and two softball fields, all turf fields, and was built as part of the $86.5 million Crosby ISD bond that passed in 2013 that included the new high school as well as several other district projects and improvements.

Mutually beneficial

The teams started using the field for the 2017 season.

“My reaction was that we had something special,” Crosby baseball coach Chris Wiggins said. “We are proud of our facility and glad that we have something the kids can call their own and be proud of at the same time.”

TAPPS paid Crosby ISD $25,800 to use the facility. Crosby Principal Terry Perkins confirmed that the district did make a profit from the deal and said that this year’s profits will go toward refurbishing and performing maintenance on the JROTC marksmanship range and any leftover money will go toward maintaining the district’s athletic facilities.

As per the contract between TAPPS and Crosby ISD, TAPPS keeps all the money from ticket sales.

The Liberty Christian School baseball team from Argyle, Texas, north of Fort Worth, won its second consecutive TAPPS Division I state championship in 2019.

“The facility at Crosby is a baseball coach’s dream,” said Warrior coach Johnny Isom. “It’s by far one of the nicest facilities in the state, and we are beyond blessed to have our final four baseball tournament at that venue. The two full fields and the massive hitting facility make it very easy to get your team ready but to also stay on schedule.”

Strong partnership

The deal began with an email, which led to an in-person meeting, and both sides quickly realized that the partnership would be great for both of them.

“The coaches’ willingness to provide a top-notch experience is much appreciated. The school leadership continues to work with our staff to improve the event and make it work best for all parties,” Bunseimeyer said. “The behind-the-scenes folks take great pride in the facility and the community they represent is reflected in their work as well.”

Wiggins said when the TAPPS state tournaments come to Crosby it is one of the best weeks of the year.

“We think our community is blessed due to the extra traffic in the restaurants, gas stations and hotels,” Wiggins said. “Our district benefits from the revenue brought in as well as the notoriety of actually hosting a state tournament.”

Perkins said he hopes the state tournaments are a long-term fixture in Crosby.

“Due to the positive financial and economic it has on the Crosby community as a whole, we will continue to host the tournament as long as TAPPS wants to keep coming to Crosby,” Perkins said.

elliott.lapin@hearst.com

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