The fourth annual Slim Strong Baseball Tournament will be held on Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 at Carter Park, and will be a fun event for a good cause.
Josh Morrison, event leader, said the tournament was started four years ago, around the time he tragically lost his wife, Stacey, to cystic fibrosis.
"My wife passed away on May 22, 2015 from complications from cystic fibrosis," he said. "She was on the transplant list for a double lung transplant."
The baseball tournament will help raise money to assist with costly medical bills for a local family with cystic fibrosis. Morrison said the tournament has been a huge success over the past years and has helped to raise about $20,000 for families battling the disease.
This year the fundraiser will help 3-year-old Mattie, daughter of Bradley and Ragen Murphy, Morrison said.
"She was diagnosed with the disease early on," he said. "Cystic fibrosis is a costly disease. It involves a lot of traveling back and forth to hospitals out of town. I have learned a lot about it. People who battle it do not look sick sometimes."
Morrison said this event is special to his family and friends, and thinks the turnout will be great this year.
"You would be surprised at how far people will come every year for this event," he said. "It is for a good cause, and it is always a lot of fun."
Morrison said catfish plates will be for sale or pick-up for $10 at the entrance gate of Carter Park during the tournament on Friday, June 15 from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. and Saturday, June 16 from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Plates include three pieces of fried fish, french fries and a drink. No admission to the park is required for fish plates.
T-shirts will also be sold, available on Facebook for order. The tournament will be closed base dixie for 9 and 10 and 7 and 8 pitching machine, 11 and 12 will be ozone open base. All USA stamped bats and USSSA 1.15 bats will be permitted. Cost is $220 per team. Rings for first and second place will be awarded. For more information, or to sign up call Josh Morrison at 282-6531. Supporters are D&H Sporting Goods and Chris Hendrix.