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Springville Snowshoe softball tournament rounds the bases for Boys and Girls Club in its 12th year

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS — The Horschel Brothers Precision team (pictured) won the tournament, in a close game against Emerling Ford. Photos by Dave DeLuca.

SPRINGVILLE — A wacky winter littered with driving bans, warnings, advisories and school cancellations took a timeout on Feb. 1. The Springville community kicked off the month of February with its 12th annual Snowshoe Softball Tournament to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Springville. The event took place at Concord Community Park, with the first pitch at about 8 a.m and the final out occurring just after 3:30 p.m.

After eight-and-a-half hours of softball, the Horschel Brothers Precision team, of Springville, was crowned as the tournament champions, following a 9-6 victory over Emerling Ford. Horschel Brothers took an early 4-0 lead, but Emerling would fire back with a 5-run third inning, which saw them bat around their order to take a 5-4 lead, into the top of the fourth.

OOPSY DAISY ­— Matt Maitland sacrifices his body for the ball, during the softball tournament.

Horschel Brothers answered in the top of the fourth. Jake Roe hit a two-out RBI single that was the beginning of a five-run inning for Horschel Brothers. Emerling would bring the tying run to the plate in the sixth inning, but the team wasn’t able to capitalize, falling 9-6. The games were just a small part of the event.

“This is actually the first time I have participated in the event,” said Boys and Girls Club Director Andy Bobseine. “To see things firsthand and to be there from beginning to the end, it was well-run and family-oriented. It was just a nice Springville event. There’s not too many times where people can come together on a winter Saturday and get outside. We had 80-something guys and girls out there; having a blast, playing some softball and having some pops for a great, great cause.”

Chair of the tournament Deb Randall, as well as all of Boys and Girls Clubs’ Board of Directors members, were responsible for a majority of the planning and preparation and the game-day operations. Volunteers also assisted in the event, from donating silent auction items or running the snack shack to umpiring the tournament’s games. Businesses sponsoring teams included Horschel Brothers Precision, Julie’s Pizzeria, Emerling Ford, Certified Radon Systems, B&B Homes, Buffalo Staffing, Applus+ RTD and CH2M Hill.

John Nesselbush, a member of the board of directors, founded the tournament, along with his wife, Suzie, 13 years ago, as the club’s winter fundraiser. The tournament is the fourth longest-running tournament of its kind in the nation, according to event organizers. For the second straight year, the tournament raised approximately $7,000. The money raised will go back into the Boys and Girls Club on Maple Avenue, including programs that the club runs, such as the Triple Play program, Project Learn and Healthy Habits.

CRACK GOES THE BAT — Jason Kearney, of West Valley, hits one out of the park, during the snowshoe softball tournament.

Proceeds raised will help the club buy T-shirts and supplies for the “Little Griffs,” a program designed for elementary school kids that offers fall soccer, winter indoor baseball clinics and football in the spring, among others.

“To offer the highest quality programs in the area,” Bobseine answered, when asked what the goal of the B&G is in the community. “We want to work together with Springville Youth Inc., to complement what they do and also provide other programs, outside of the typical recreational programs and sports activities that they do. We want to expand that opportunities that kids in our area have. We get into arts and crafts, tutoring, technology and everything like that.”

The site on Maple Avenue opened last January and recently has added a ping-pong table, a pool table, a Nintendo® Wii and two basketball rims to the gym. Bobseine and others are continuing to look at possible games and activities to add to the facility that will be appealing to kids.

Bobseine is in his first year as the executive director of the Boys and Girls Club.

“I’ve had a blast,” he said.

“Transitioning from being in a school every day to taking on this administrative role, it’s been a change, but at the same time, I’m still working with kids. It’s really been an easy transition. Just like teachers, The Boys and Girls Club wants to provide the best opportunities for the kids so they can be successful. We’re trying to change the lives of these kids in some capacities.”

Tournament organizers will look to add 12 teams next year and continue one of the longest-running snowshoe softball tournaments in the nation, to benefit the Springville Boys and Girls Club.




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