Perhaps it was because the high school athletic dead period was coming to a close, but this past weekend was an active one for many area individuals.

For Mexico varsity girls assistant softball coach Kayla Meier and Lady Bulldogs head volleyball coach Shayla Cox that equated to a trip to Springfield on Saturday to compete in a slow-pitch softball tournament.

"I competed with the Lugnuts sponsored by Joe Machens in Columbia this weekend at the slow pitch tournament. This team is made up of players from mid-Missouri and our coach was Gloria Schwartz from Columbia," Meier said. "Mexico High School physical education teacher Shayla Cox played left center field for our team during the tournament and is an avid slow-pitch player on women's leagues, as well as co-ed leagues and has been for quite some time now."

The event itself was an American Softball Association Women's State Slow Pitch Tournament at the Killian Sports Complex. Opponents included the Lil' Sluggers, Khaos and the OG's, which consists of individuals from Mexico and the surrounding areas.

"We went 2-2 in bracket play, losing our first elimination game. However, we kept fighting our way back through the loser's bracket to the championship game," said Meier. "In the championship game we lost to the Lil' Sluggers and took second place overall."

Fo Meier, this was more of a chance experience because she doesn't regularly compete with this squad. She did enjoy the competition, though, as well as the weather.

"This is the first time I have played with this particular team. I was picked up because they needed some extra players for the state tournament," Meier said. "I played second base for the day and I did my best. I have not played too much slow-pitch because my heart is still in playing collegiate softball, but I am getting better."