Softball Tourney 7.2

Written by David Green.

It was Blackie’s weekend on Fayette’s softball diamonds. The Defiance team won the title in both the men’s and co-ed divisions.

Blackie’s made it through the men’s division undefeated, finishing ahead of Team Diesel (6-2) from Morenci and Melody’s (2-2) of Fayette.

Other area teams included Stateline Sluggers (0-2) from Waldron and Lantz Drain (0-2). Other teams were from Adrian, Wauseon, Archbold, Sylvania, Monroe and Liberty Center.

Blackie’s lost one game in the co-ed division (5-1)—their first co-ed loss in many tournaments directed by Bob Ford.

Yard Dogs of Lyons (3-2) placed second and Babcock Flooring of Archbold (3-2) was third. Fayette’s City Beverage (0-2) also competed, along with two Adrian teams.

The weather was much better than anticipated, Ford said, and a large crowd watch the action Saturday night.

Co-ed games started about 5 p.m. Saturday, but ended later than expected early in the morning.

TOURNEY—A tournament for men’s and co-ed teams is scheduled July 12 and 13 in Fayette, the same weekend as the Civil War Encampment north of the ball fields.

A double-elimination men’s tournament is scheduled Saturday and Sunday. The $135 entry fee covers balls and umpires.

The co-ed tournament will follow a round-robin format with a guarantee of at least four games. This will be played on Saturday only and the cost is $150.

Trophies and T-shirts will go to the winners.

For more information, call Bob Ford at 517/458-6479.

  • Front.cross
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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