WINNER TAKES ALL — The Springville Eye Care team took the day, at the Tammy Gasper Memorial Softball Tourmanent. Photos by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — In March of 2010, the Springville community lost one of its own, Tammy Gasper. The mother of four passed away after a long battle with cancer. When Gasper was diagnosed, some of her friends organized a softball tournament to raise some money. Four years later, the tournament has become one of the summer’s traditions, for participants and organizers.
“[Tammy’s husband] Darrel Gasper and his family are as close to a part of my family as I’ve ever had, in this area,” said Duane Gills, an organizer of the tournament.
“My family and I fell in love with them, years ago. We were really close with Tammy. We’ve been really close with Darrel and the whole family and when she got sick, a few years ago, we felt like this was the right thing to do, to raise some money. After she passed, it felt like the right thing to do; give a scholarship in her honor, to someone who represents who she was,” he explained.
SWING, BATTER BATTER — Derek Wells, a West Valley student, knocked it out of the park for his team, during the tournament.
Tammy Gasper was active in the community. According to those who knew her, she could always be found at the ballpark or volunteering, around town.
“She was probably one of the happiest people I’ve ever known,” said Brian Stedman, a participant in the tournament and a friend of Gasper’s. “She was always smiling and always happy. Tammy had a lot of struggles go on, in her life. It didn’t matter what it was; she was always positive.”
Sixteen teams competed in the slow-pitch tournament. Each batter started with a 1 – 1 count and each game had an hour time limit, to make sure things kept moving along. Games started at about 8 a.m. and ended at 10:30 p.m.
TAKE IT HOME — Justin Monroe-Green hit a home run, during the Tammy Gasper tournament.
After almost14 and half hours of softball, Springville Eye Care was announced the winner, following its victory under the lights at Community Park.
Gills said that he would like to thank the following people and businesses that helped make the tournament a success:
Christine Gills, Darrel, Jordan and Taylor Gasper, Stephanie and Scott Bacon, Tammy Rice, Brad and Lisa Schurr, Gary Eppilito, the Lupica Family, Carol and Mikayla Black, the Delasandro family, Ray Hammer, Springville Youth Inc, Red’s Dog’s and Cones, Certified Radon Systems, Bliss Construction, Emerling Chrysler/Jeep, Emerling Chevrolet, Cheap Chollies, Best Vision, S&S Taxidermy, Anything Printed and the Town of Concord.