This time last week, we were watching the sky open up and dump huge amounts of rain on the softball fields. Which all made us wonder if we would be able to have the tournament at all. After a late night followed by early morning by the crew to get the fields ready, we were bound a determined to play and start the tournament on time. At 8 am we started our opening ceremony with a prayer by Jimmy “Pop” Thompson and a performance of the national anthem by Brianna Patrick, we started the first games at 8:30 on 3 muddy fields.
The games played Saturday would wind up being a little different from games played in previous years. We would wind up being spared of the sweltering heat and instead spend the day with fairly mild temperatures. All but about 20-30 minutes the rain passed us by, which luckily kept the fields from getting worse. Like others who played, we really had a good time as the mud added just enough to make it comical. Any ball hitting dirt would wind up sticking and any player trying to stop too quickly would be met with a slide in the mud. Since it was all for charity the mud added to the competition as teams would cheer for each other for a slide into home or making the wrong move, just to find themselves much closer to the mud. You can see the amount of mud on the fields in the photo at the top …
This year we had 27 teams to play in the tournament, which is quite a few more than the last two years. The silent auction was also quite a bit bigger as we needed to add in a couple extra tables to accommodate all of the baskets. This year we also used a new design for the tournament shirts. The tournament this year is dedicated to Deja. You may remember Deja as she was our wish kid for our fast pitch tournament last year. You can read more about Deja at the following link.
The shirts for this year included more than just gray and purple and as a result they sold like crazy. At the end of the day, we went home with only 5 shirts from the 100+ we had for the tournament.
This year we had plans to cover two wishes, where as before we planned on a single wish. We decided to grant Mia’s (aka Mighty Mia) as well as Mason. At the moment, we don’t have their stories up on the site, but we will have them up soon.
With the turnout we had, our hopes were high we we would easily be able to grant both wishes with room to spare. After the close of the silent auction , the general mood was high as rough numbers showed us as being able to grant two wishes. The only thing left was get all of the money totaled up and watch the final game of the tournament and crown our chaps.
This year we had a very close final game which was played between the Rowdy Robinson team and the Monster Golf #2 team. In the 5th inning, the Rowdie Robinson team was able to take the lead and win the game. Which means they were able to defend their title from last year. A couple days after the team the totals were in and we raised $15,144 which means we easily granted wishes for both Mia and Mason.
We would like to thank everyone who came out and participated in the tournament, all of those who donated and everyone else who contributed to make this years tournament a big success!