Home Run for a Cure is this Saturday

Kickball is one of the twists in alternating innings during the annual Home Run for a Cure softball tournament. The ninth annual tourney is scheduled for this Saturday, June 15, starting at 8 a.m.(COURTESY PHOTO)

EVANSTON — On the heels of this past weekend’s Strike Out Cancer softball tournament, another fun event on the diamonds is set for this Saturday, June 15. The ninth annual Home Run for a Cure will be staged at the Overthrust Ballpark complex beginning with the co-ed “Super Draft” at 8 a.m. Anyone is eligible to take part for a $20.00 fee — there are no team entries, as teams are derived from the super draft. Teams will stay the same through the round-robin portion of the day, and then another draft will take place to shake things up, in terms of the team rosters. Home Run for a Cure also benefits the Uinta Cancer Care Foundation.

True to its name, home run derbies for both men and women are included during the tournament, which features more twists to a standard softball game than you can shake a stick at —during odd-numbered innings, regular softball is played, but in the even-number innings, things get interesting. For example, in the second inning, teams may switch to kick-ball. In the fourth inning, everyone bats opposite from the way they ordinarily step to the plate. During the sixth inning, the base-path running is flipped — when a batter gets a base hit, he or she heads to third base instead of first.

“This is not a serious tournament. We’re out there to have fun and raise money,”  Home Run for Cure organizer Toni Hawks told the Herald.

Raffle tickets for a Traeger grill and afghan quilt, among other prizes, will be available all day.

Hawks is hopeful that the tournament volunteers will be able to offer their own concessions, as was the case last year, with hamburgers, hot dogs and Hawks’ own brisket sliders.

Two years ago, Home Run for a Cure raised $3,000.00 for the Uinta Cancer Care Foundation. Last year’s goal was $5,000.00, and they came so very close, despite the weather not cooperating and not having as many participants as the event was accustomed to witnessing. Still, those who did competed for over 12 hours, from 9 a.m. to beyond 9 p.m., offsetting the reduced number of competitors, as far as revenue generated is concerned.

Hawks has hinted at an additional twist for the 2019 Home Run for a Cure but is keeping it close to the vest, simply noting that participants are sure to enjoy the new addition.

For further details, please call (307) 679-6541 or (307) 679-7024.


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