Sunday afternoon, September 20th, the third annual benefit softball games were played at the CYSBA baseball fields. This year, peoceeds will go to benefit Jordan Beck, who is undergoing radiation and chemotherapy in preparation for a bone marrow transplant scheduled for 9-25-09.
Many of the 7th/8th and 9th/10th grade girls and boys played fast pitch softball games, and each age group also played against their parents in slow -pitch 'Chicago-rules' softball. The parents were able to cross home plate 15 times, outscoring the 7th/8th graders by 6 runs.
The parents didn't fare as well in their match against the 9th/10th graders, losing by a score of six to nothing. The parents aren't rueing their loss however, because they essentially faced the girls' varsity softball team and the boys' 9th grade baseball team, both of which are comprised of some agile athletes who played error-free ball.
For the second year in a row, the 10th grade boys overcame superb pitching, winning by a score of 5-3. In their first fast- pitch duel ever, the 7th/8th grade boys were able to edge the girls by a score of 2 to 1.
Coaches for the 7th/8th grade boys and girls teams included Bill Boger, Mike Burkhart, and Sherry Miller. Coaches for the 9th/10th graders included Gary Schaeffer, John Woods and Dan Seliger.
Carol Pitts and Vi Kuhlman accepted the $2.00 donations at the gate and Don Pitts, assisted by Mila Stoneking, did a wonderful job auctioning items donated from these philanthropically-minded area businesses: Bomgaars Supply, A to Z Liquor, Godfathers, Danny's Sports Spot, Taco Johns, McDonalds, The Hyvee Warehouse, Tysons, Cherokee Family Practice, Deb Baker, Amy Patterson, Caty Hoeppner, Christy Saylor, Colleen Stein and TimberRidge Apartments. Jobies Pastime Lounge donated the tickets which were used for the door prize.
Jordan Beck's younger brothers, Dylan and Brendan, diligently helped run the winning bidders' items to their new owners.
Susie Haselhoff, assisted by her daughter Emily, drew the winning door prize, a $20 gift certificate from Letsche's Bikeshop and Radio Shack, which was won by Margie Messler.
Clark Voge donated his venerable services behind the plate and also got the field ready for play. Tanner Woodall, age 6, and Jay Smith, age7, did an excellent job of cleaning out the dugouts at the conclusion of the event.
Debbie and Dennie Baker helped organize the food and refreshments for the event. Caty Hoeppner spent a prodigious amount of her time organizing the event , but was unable to attend due to the birth of her son, Braylund. One might surmise that he also wanted to attend the event, because he entered the world about three weeks early, at a healthy 8 pounds 11 ounces and 21 inches long.
Julie Case donated her time and services as Treasurer of the event, which raised about $900.
Ed. note : We have received word that Jordan Beck was scheduled to receive a bone marrow transplant on Friday evening (Sept. 25), about two hours after it arrives from an anonymous donor in England.