Ring of Fire softball tournament

Troy Nation’s Ring of Fire softball tournament will begin on Saturday morning with a double elimination tournament that will conclude on Sunday.

Troy Nation will be hosting a men’s and women’s slow pitch softball tournament, as well as other fundraising events, beginning on Friday and continuing through the weekend at the Day Complex in South Boston.

The Ring of Fire softball tournament will begin on Saturday morning with a double elimination tournament that will conclude on Sunday.

The events begin on Friday with a barbecue sale as well as a corn hole tournament. The corn hole tournament will take place from 6 to 10 p.m., and the entry fee gets competitors a chance at a $150 cash prize as well as Troy Nation rings.

Barbecue also will be available on Friday night to purchase by the pound or in a combo meal that includes a sandwich, chips and drink.

As of Tuesday morning, there were 12 total teams signed up for the softball tournament — four women’s teams and eight men’s signed up to compete for the championship rings. There also will be a home run derby on Saturday after the first round of play concludes with trophies awarded to the winners.

Concessions will be available throughout the weekend along with a 50/50 raffle to help raise money for Troy Nation.

Troy Nation was founded after the tragic death of Troy Strickland in July 2018. Strickland drowned while saving a girl who was caught in a rip current in the ocean near Emerald Isle, North Carolina.

Wayne Lowery was one of Strickland’s best friends, and they coached together for many years. Lowery founded Troy Nation in memory of his friend and to help give back to the youth in Halifax County. Troy Nation is coming up on the one-year anniversary of its start and have already made a big impact on the community.

Their mission statement says they are an advocate for youth development through youth sports and community volunteerism in Halifax County. What started as a Facebook page has turned into Troy Nation being involved in the community in a variety of ways and using their fundraising to help give opportunities to the youth of Halifax County that may be in need. Troy Nation, with the help of the community and businesses have been able to provide invaluable resources and time to the community.

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