It's not too late to get in on all the fun at the 16th annual Sheila Bishop Memorial Wood Bat Tournament as organizers are hoping for at least two more teams to sign up.
The slo pitch tournament is not only about teaming up with friends and family for a fun slo pitch tournament, it’s also about giving back to the community.
The tournament is held every year in memory of Sheila Bishop, who was an avid slo-pitch player for many years. She lost her battle to ovarian cancer in 2003.
At the 2018 tournament, organizer Paul Borba handed out $3,500 to Dana Robson, who passed the funds on to her mom Anne to help her through a difficult time having just lost her husband to cancer.
“We are headed into the 16th year of this tournament and we have donated over $63,500 to people who need a hand up in our community. We have people of all abilities that faithfully return to play in the memorial tournament during Peach Festival because they have such a great time,” said Paul Borba, Peach Festival Director and Vice-President.
In total, the tournament has donated over $70,000 back to those in need of a hand up.
The registration fee for a team is $350 and the tournament is co-ed teams (minimum of six men and four women on the field at all times). New this year is that there will not be a beer garden.
The tournament, which takes place Aug. 10 and 11 at Lions Park and Parkway fields, follows all regular slo pitch rules with the exception of wood bats that are provided by organizers during the tournament. A home run hitting contest will take place on Aug. 11.