Under sunny skies, the Jared C. Grindle One-pitch Co-ed softball Tournament was held September 13-15. The event, now in its 10th year, is played to remember its namesake who died in a car accident at the age of 17.
The tournament, which drew 32 teams in total, began with a home-run derby and pitching contest on Friday, September 13. Josh Gott of Blue Hill won the pitching contest while Lauren Overlock of Surry and Collin Ciomei of Deer Isle were the female and male winners of the home run derby.
The tournament continued on Saturday with teams playing across four fields, including the Brooksville Athletic Field, the Deer Isle Little League Field, the Jim Henry Field and the George Stevens Academy Athletic fields. On Sunday all games were played in Brooksville.
The “M Room,” hailing from the Bangor and Bucksport area were the weekend’s winners, with the Island team fielded by Gary Douglass & Sons as the runners-up.
According to tournament committee member Dennis Rackliffe, the event went “as smooth as could be,” noting that 32 teams—a record number of participating teams—might have “hit the limit” in terms of the number that can successfully be fielded—even on four fields. In addition to the numerous local teams hailing from the greater Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle-Stonington, there were many that traveled many miles to participate. Teams from as far away as Calais, Old Town and Belfast signed up, said Rackliffe.
Speaking of the many volunteers that make the three-day tournament happen, Rackliffe called them “a well oiled machine.” Some volunteers, such as Betsey Jones, Matt Jones and Laura Hale, have helped in various ways, including at the concession stands every year for the past decade.