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By Staff | May 6, 2010

The Wetzel Chronicle has announced the annual “Strike Out Cancer” Relay For Life Slow Pitch Softball tournament at the two Hydro Fields and Bruce Park on June 11-13.

The tournament will be in a three bracket pool play format, depending on the number of entries and the weather.

The entry fee for this tournament is $10 per player with a minimum of 15 players per team. There is a non-refundable $50 fee to hold a spot for the tournament, with only the first 15 teams earning a spot in this year’s fun-filled tournament.

Teams can have 10 players on the field and can substitute freely, with each team batting up to 15 players each inning. All hittable pitches are strikes according to the umpire in charge of each game. 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 for a $5 fee too.

Every batter comes to the plate with a 3-2 count, with all foul balls considered outs except for the 15th batter. A 75-minute limit is set for all games. If there is a tie, the team that strikes out the most batters is the winner. If it’s still tied, the best of three coin tosses will determine the winner.

Awards will go out to the winning team of each pool bracket, who will battle it out for the tournament’s top prize. I will choose a fourth team to play in a separate bracket so there are no byes. Awards also will be given to the pitcher who strikes out the most batters and player that hits the most home runs.

A special MVP award will go out 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 me at the Wetzel Chronicle Sports Department, 455-3300. Deadline is June 2. Please sign up early, because only the first 15 teams that pay the $50 non-refundable registration will be in this year’s tournament. The balance of the registration fee is due before a team can play its first scheduled game.

Players can play on multiple teams, but must pay the $10 fee for each team they play for. A list of games and times will be in the Wetzel Chronicle Sports Pages June 9.

If you don’t have a team to play for, you are still encouraged to participate by contacting me at 304-455-3300 and I will personally put 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 at 5 p.m., June 17, the day before the Relay For Life Walk in memory of Judy Hill.

The hunt will begin and end at the NMNCC.

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 NMNCC. There are bonus items and personnel and team feats that could make or break your team’s chances to win or lose. It should be fun.

This event will happen rain or shine. The winning team will get a special prize to be awarded at the Relay For Life on June 18.