July 11, 2014

AuSable Forks Fast Pitch Tournament opens today

AUSABLE FORKS — The 52nd AuSable Forks Fast Pitch Tournament starts tonight and continues until Sunday’s championship game at approximately 3 p.m. So many people make this Tournament a weekend festival every year. Many local kids who have left the area come home from as far as Boston and Baltimore and just to be apart of the great softball tournament atmosphere and to meet up with friends who will all be at the tournament.

Spectators will see teams with players from all over the United States and Canada, and in the past the tournament has included players from New Zealand and Australia. There will be at least four teams who have loaded up to take the first prize of $2,000.

Tonight’s first game will start at 7 p.m. with Razzano Trucking from Johnstown/AuSable Forks taking on the Kanata Pirates from Kanata, Ontario. The 9 p.m. game will be CPI, from Oswego and last year’s runner-up, against AuSable, a team made up of All-Stars from the AuSable Fast Pitch League.

The tournament will be dedicated just before the first pitch to Tom O’Neill in his 37th year as Tournament Director. O’Neill was the director when the tournament began back in 1963, and at 80 years old, is still an active part of organizing the tournament with his many volunteers that make the tournament such a success.

Susan Richards will be singing both the Canadian and American National Anthems before the games begin.

The Dick Crahan Concession Stand will be open all weekend along with Dave’s Den, a beer booth named after the late Dave Connell (20 Main).

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