The first Troy Nation Back To Where It All Began men’s fast-pitch softball tournament at Bethel Ballfield this past weekend was a success, with the 654 Boys team winning the tournament.

Bad Company took the runner-up trophy in the five-team tournament.

A total of 18 players participated in the tournament’s Home Run Derby, with Alex Lowery taking the win with seven homers in 10 swings. A Long Ball Contest was also held, with Joe Martin taking the top prize with a ball he hit 420 feet. 

In addition to the top two teams, other teams that participated included Aaron’s Creek, Wally’s Bunch and the T&N Misfits.

Troy Nation president Wayne Lowery said while the final financial numbers have not been finalized, the tournament was a big success thanks to all of the volunteer help.

“We thank all of the volunteers from Troy Nation and the Bethel Ruritan Club as well as the teams and the community for their help and support,” Lowery said.

“We also thank Jason Strohm who volunteered to umpire every game and Shawn Torian with Exquisite Events who brought a bouncy house for kids free of charge. The field looked better than it has looked in 20 years. Many people made comments on that, and said they were also glad to see this field alive with softball again.”

Lowery said the tournament was successful in more ways than one.

“It helped Troy Nation get its mission out there and connect with the community,” Lowery pointed out.

“As an extra reward, Bethel Ruritan and Bethel Ballfield are able to keep the lights shining bright, just like the future of our youth. Troy Nation and the Bethel Ruritan Club are already discussing plans for the upcoming year.”

 

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at jchandler@gazettevirginian.com.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at jchandler@gazettevirginian.com