AUSABLE FORKS — The 57th annual AuSable Forks Fast Pitch Softball Tournament gets underway Friday, July 12, at Billy Mitchell Memorial Field.
Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with the dedication of the tournament to Mary Claire Smythe and Stephanie Snow for their years of outstanding volunteer service to the success of this annual event.
The opening game of the tournament Friday evening at 7 p.m. features the Forestport A’s from Forestport against a local entry, the Gordon Oil Brewers.
The Brewers are primarily made up of local AuSable Forks Fast Pitch League players who recently placed second in a Forestport Tournament and third in a tournament in Croghan.
The Brewers are led by local standout Andrew Bombard on the mound who has struck out 71 batters in 68 innings so far this season. The Brewers are also well stacked on the offensive side, being led by Kodi Gordon with a .447 batting average with six homers and 14 RBIs, Josh Douglass with a .308 average, A.J. Gordon with a .250 average and Bombard with a .342 batting average.
In addition, the roster includes local standouts Kyle Nolan, Adam Coolidge, Ryan Evens, Bernie Laduke, John Mussen, Eric Rock, Brandon Snow, Kelly Gordon, T.J. Burl and Mason Dubay.
Team captain Kodi Gordon said the team is very talented offensively with every player on the roster being a threat
The Brewers will be managed by Scott Bombard.
The second game is scheduled for Friday evening with a 9 p.m. starting time, featuring the AuSable Forks Merchants against the Mountain Brook Lodge/Durham Diamondbacks from Durham, Ontario.
The second AuSable Forks entry (Merchants) will include local talented players such as pitcher Mike Furnia, Tyler Santa Maria, Dalton McDonald, Mike McDonald, Marcus Lefebvre, Alex Santa Maria, Austin Depo, Zac Shaw, Kody Shaw, Greg Musk, Nate Craig and U.S. Olympian Jayson Terdiman.
The Merchants will be co-managed by Tom Mousseau and Pat Santa Maria.
Games will be played all day Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14, with the use of two fields.
The semifinal rounds begin Sunday at 11 a.m. with the championship game scheduled for 3 p.m.
Some of the best fast-pitch players in the world will be competing for over $3,400 in prize money and awards.
Also, the 2019 AuSable Forks Tournament winner will win an entry to the 2020 ISC World Championships in Moline, Illinois, Aug. 8 to 15.
Tournament media liaison Randy Douglas gave credit to Adam Coolidge (in his third year as the Tournament Director) and his volunteer committees for their dedication in keeping this world-known festival alive and well.
A full schedule of teams and game times will be available in an upcoming edition of the Press-Republican later this week.