The Troy Nation benefit softball tournament held last weekend at the Day Complex in South Boston was a big success, according to Troy Nation founder Wayne Lowery.

“We had a great turnout for our men’s slow pitch tournament. We had 14 teams, and the attendance was outstanding,” Lowery said. “Everyone was just happy to be able to be on the field again playing ball, and it was what we all needed,” he added.

Smokes and Cokes captured the tournament championship, and members were awarded rings for finishing as the top team. GTM, from Winston Salem, North Carolina, was the second-place team.

Lowery said he was grateful for the support and assistance from the community and the teams that came from far away to make the tournament a success.

“Troy Nation was truly blessed by the support of the community. The feedback was positive in every aspect from the team entry, field preparation and concessions and food,” Lowery said.

Lowery said all of the teams that participated over the weekend have already agreed to come back when Troy Nation host its next tournament. Plans are already being discussed for a fall tournament to be held in late September, and Lowery said they hope to have women’s slow pitch softball added to that event.

Lowery also wanted to thank several people and organizations that helped make the tournament possible and a success. “I want to thank the Troy Nation members, volunteers, Dixie Baseball, umpires, Jason Strohm, Tyler Mabe, Jimmy Clay and all of our sponsors.”

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanK_GV