The Wetzel Chronicle will hold its annual "Strike Out Cancer" Relay For Life Slow Pitch Softball Tournament June 8-10. The event will be either single or double elimination, depending on the number of entries and the weather.
The entry fee for this tournament is $15 per player with a minimum of 15 players per team. There is a non-refundable $25 fee to hold a spot in the tournament, with only the first 16 teams earning a berth in this year's fun-filled tournament. (Teams must submit a roster before the first game is to be played).
Teams can have 10 players on the field and can substitute freely, with each team batting up to 15 players each inning. A team's pitcher is allowed only one throw per batter. Rules will be enforced to keep every game fun!
Every team can buy up to one additional batter for $5 each inning. Plus a fan can bat, also for $5.
Every batter comes to the plate with a 3-2 count, with all foul balls considered outs, including the 15th batter and the batter paying to bat. A 75-minute limit is set for all games. If there is a tie, the best of three coin tosses will determine the winner. There will be no smoking or alcohol allowed at the park. Anyone caught breaking this rule will be asked to leave and may be subjected to a penalty.
Awards will go out to the winning team and the player who hits the most home runs.
A special MVP award will go to the person that has the most fun, that best exemplifies the courage and determination needed to help strike out cancer during the three-day tournament.
To secure a spot in the Annual Strike Out Cancer Softball Tournament, contact Bruce Crawford at the Wetzel Chronicle Sports Department, 304-455-3300. Deadline is June 1 by noon.
Currently there are only two teams signed up and if there aren't at least six teams, the tournament will be cancelled.
Depending on participation, there will be a separate tournament for teams that want to play competitively. The registration fee is $25 to hold a team and $20 per player. Three outs per inning, but teams can buy an extra out for $10.
The balance of the registration fee is due before a team can play its first scheduled game, no exceptions. There will be no rain out date. If the weather holds off and we can play the tournament, each team will be rewarded five luminaries for their $25 holding team fee.
Players can be picked up to play on other teams once their team has been eliminated, but must be on a substitute list. A list of games and times will be in the Wetzel Chronicle Sport pages June 6.
If you don't have a team to play for, you are still encouraged to participate by contacting Crawford, who will personally get you on a team.
Make all checks out to Wetzel County Relay For Life. Don't delay. Sign up now. Last year, the Wetzel Chronicle relay team realized more than $2,000 from the tournament.
The Wetzel Chronicle will again sponsor its Annual Scavenger Hunt in memory of the late columnist Judy Hill, at 5 p.m., Thursday June 14, the day before the Relay For Life Walk. The hunt will begin and end in the entrance to the West Virginia Northern Community College in New Martinsville.
The registration fee for this event is $10 a car load. Your team has one hour and 15 minutes to bring as many of the items as you can to the college. There are bonus items and personal and team feats that could make or break your team's chances to win or lose. It promises to be a fun event for everyone. Your team will need to have a digital camera that will make your hunt go a lot easier and faster. This event will happen rain or shine.