Softball tourney a warm-up for Katahdin region Relay for Life

Posted May 16, 2011, at 5:32 p.m.

MILLINOCKET, Maine — In what its organizers see as a good warm-up for the 2011 Katahdin Relay for Life next month, the second annual Go To Bat for a Cure Softball Tournament will be held this weekend, with more than 200 people expected to attend.

“It is a really fun way to raise money to find a cure for cancer, something that affects everybody in some way or another,” organizer Tiffany Stanley, 29, of Medway said Monday. “It is a nice thing for the community to do. We have people who have moved away from the area and are coming back for this.”

“It is a great event for towns to do. It’s something we have everybody working on,” Stanley added. “We even have coaches from [high school] teams working practice times around our game times. It’s neat to see everybody come together and take it so seriously.”

As of Monday, the tournament had booked 11 teams from the Katahdin region and beyond, said Stanley, who is organizing the tournament with Angela Morrow of Millinocket.

“That’s likely where we will stop because I am just making the brackets [team schedules] now and I want to make sure that all the teams have time for their first games,” Stanley said.

Organized in about three weeks, last year’s tournament drew six teams and raised slightly more than $1,200. This year’s could raise more than $3,000, Stanley said.

Sponsored by the Millinocket Elks Club, the tournament will be held at the Millinocket Airport Softball Field on Medway Road starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. It will run to 4 p.m. that day and again from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Some games will be played at Stearns High School to accommodate teams, Stanley said.

Attendance is free to spectators and the tournament charges $15 per player. Anyone interested in attending or signing up a team can contact Stanley at 944-4517 or visit the “2nd Annual Go to Bat for a Cure Softball Tournament” page on Facebook.

Teams that have signed up also should visit that page Saturday morning to see whether the games have been rained out, Stanley said.

The event also will feature a bounce house, dunk tank, refreshments and games for children, Stanley said. “We call the bounce house the baby sitter,” she joked.

The 2011 Katahdin Relay For Life will be held Friday, June 17, starting at 6 p.m. at Stearns High School. As of Monday, that effort had raised an estimated $2,470, according to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life website.

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