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Little League Softball

Needville jumps on New Mexico early to earn a Southwest Regional victory

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All smiles

The Needville Major All-Stars celebrate their 9-2 win over New Mexico on Sunday in Waco.

WACO — The sun’s rays were focused on the softball field at the Little League Southwest Region park in Waco, and the ESPN cameras were focused on the major softball all-stars from Needville and Paradise Hills.

Despite the national stage and near 100-degree weather, the future Lady Jays didn’t flinch in a 9-2 win in the regional opener.

Manager Kevin Dees saw what he was hoping for in Game 1 Sunday.

“The girls were a little tight,” Dees said. “I can’t say that I blame them. Look at this place! It’s beautiful. It’s big time.

“They have been thinking about since we won state, they have a chance to play on TV.

“They had some butterflies out there, but I was proud of our offense in the first inning. That was the key to the game.

“The top of our order jumped on them when we had an opportunity.