AUSABLE FORKS — AuSable Forks will be hosting the 51st Annual AuSable Forks Men’s Fast Pitch Softball Tournament beginning Friday, July 12–Sunday, July 14, at the Billy Mitchell Memorial Field in AuSable Forks.
Players from as far away as Ontario and Quebec, and all over the state of New York, will be playing on these teams to win the first-place prize of $2,000.
The first game will be at 6:30 p.m. between Gordon Oil from AuSable Forks and Barrhaven Broadway Blues from Ottawa, Ontario followed by the 8:30 p.m. game CPI Classics vs. Razzanno Trucking.
The AuSable Forks Post 504 American Legion Color guard will be raising the American and Canadian flags and Susan Richards will sing both the American and Canadian National Anthems before the start of the 6:30 p.m. game. The dedication of the tournament will be at the conclusion of the first game.
This year’s tournament has expanded to a 12-team round robin format due to a lengthy waiting list according to TP O’Neill, Team Coordinator for the tournament.
The teams will be playing for the first-place prize of $2,000, second place $900, third and fourth place $300. There will be 16 trophies handed out and there will be an All-Star team announced following the tournament.
Carp I 4C from Carp, Ontario will be back to defend their title after winning the top prize in the 2012 Tournament. Carp I4 C was also the runner-up in 2011.
2010 and 2011 champions, Donnacona Blue Sox from Donnacona, Quebec, return trying to win the title back in 2013.
Razzano Trucking, Johnstown/AuSable Forks who have won the tournament in 2008, 2006, 2005, 2001, 1989 and runner-up in 2009, 2003, 2002, 1998, 1988 will also be vying to get their title back.
Cutro Professional Inspections (CPI) from Oswego were 2007 champions and 2008 runner-ups along with Knoxville from Ontario/Pennsylvania, 2002 champion,s will be back with some new players looking to make a run for the championship.