News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 19, 2011

SOFTBALL SCENE: Coed slowpitch softball tourney raises money for cancer research

John Benton
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Last weekend, Hamilton Center and the Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Department co-hosted a co-ed slowpitch softball tournament to raise money for cancer research.

As with fundraisers of any kind, much effort is required. The list of volunteers making this event a success includes Cody and Sara Sutton, Matthew and Meredith Baker, Allen Goodall, Jason Kempf, Steven Corfer, Tasha Lewis, Christy Werremeyer, Brandy Lanahan and Peyton Brown.

Softball-wise, the tournament turned out to be an exciting affair. The final game pitting Melssa Copeland Photography vs. Hamilton Center No. 1 culminated in a 18-17 come-from-behind victory for the M.C. Photography squad. Members of the winning team include Justin Copeland, Kris Foust, Dylan Walker, Jordan Bean, Jordan Stefancik, John Stefancik, Angie Arnett, Dale Land and Ashleigh Strain.

Congrats to all involved.

In other tournament news involving Wabash Valley squads, the results were mixed at best. The sole bright spot was the Hitmen’s 2-1 finish in an Avon round-robin last Saturday night.

News from the Strawberry Festival in Crawfordsville was decidedly bad. Playing in the B/C division, Outkast had one of those weekends you quickly opt to forget as it went 0-2. After dropping a very winnable 15-11 game to Dynasty, the Outkast team was eliminated after a 17-0 loss to Syndicate.

Crawlworks/All-American Auto, while suffering from an anemic offensive performance, managed to escape with a 1-2 tourney mark. Opponents and scores for Crawlworks/All-American Auto were unavailable.

The Crawlworks/All-American Auto squad will try to get back on track this weekend when it travels to Bedford to participate in the Dudley Challenge tournament series.

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With local league play approaching the midway point in the season, several leaders have emerged.

The Terre Haute church leagues have several tight races. In the Monday/Tuesday men’s league, New Life leads with a 5-1 mark, with Family Workship Center and First Baptist following close behind at 4-1. Thursday’s men’s league play has the undefeated Hulman Street Wesleyan ahead with a 5-0 mark, while St. George and First Baptist North have 4-1 records. In coed play, Oregon Baptist sports a 4-0 record, while Maryland and Union Christian are at 4-1.

In Terre Haute Parks and Recreation play, the following teams are sitting atop their respective leagues: Sunday men’s — Cahill’s and Tabco have 4-0 records; Tuesday men’s — Show-Me’s is undefeated; Wednesday coed — Wolfe’s Auto Auction is in first place; and Thursday coed — Riverbats are undefeated.

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Interested teams should begin making preparations for the upcoming ASA state tournaments. Listed below are sites and dates for tournament play:

Men — Class B and C, July 29-31, South Bend; Class D North, July 22-24, Kokomo; Class D South, Aug. 12-14, Bloomington; Class E North, July 22-24, Crawfordsville; Class E South, July 29-31, Bloomington; and Church, Aug. 26-28, Bedford.

Coed — State, Sept. 9-11, Lafayette.

Women — Classes C, D and E, July 29-31, Bedford.

More information can be obtained online at

See ya at the park.

John Benton can be reached by phone at (812) 877-2566.