Go Malawi! event

One-pitch coed softball tourney to benefit orphan education

All-day tournament is June 22 at Camden Snow Bowl
By Staff | Jun 09, 2014

Camden — There will be a one-pitch coed softball tournament on Sunday, June 22 at the Camden Snow Bowl.

The format is a casual day of softball and fun hosted at the Snow Bowl by the Camden Adult Coed Softball League's Free Press Red Wings and Janet Littlefield of Go! Malawi.

All are welcomed to enjoy a day of softball and a cook out. A minimum donation of $15 per player goes to charity and includes the day of softball (a minimum of three games will be offered each player/team) and a cookout that includes a hot dog or hamburger, chips and drink. Food is available for non-players with a $5 minimum donation.

"Make a day of it and bring your family, a picnic and cooler, and enjoy the fast-paced action of one-pitch softball," said Reade Brower, event organizer.

Teams, partial teams and individuals can sign-up to play. "We will try and accommodate all who want to participate," Brower said.

The minimum age is 15; exceptions may be made by the umpire and tournament director. All teams will have an unlimited roster for hitters. Fielders will rotate in and out of the field at the manager’s discretion each inning. There must be at least three women on the field at all times. If four or more women are on the field, a short fielder may be added to the defense.

Games will consist of seven innings and each batter gets one pitch. If the pitch is put in play, it is either a hit or out. Strikes, including foul balls, are outs. A pitch that does not hit the strike board is a ball and a ball is a walk.

The event is open to all and is the lead in to the coed softball league season which starts the next day.

All tourney proceeds will go to charity and benefit Midcoast native Janet Littlefield and the orphan population she serves in Malawi, Africa. Littlefield pays the private school funds for more than 60 orphaned children in Malawi.

In Malawi, free public education ends after grade five and the Union native's devotion to these orphaned children gives them a “hand-up” and a chance at a productive life, Brower said.

In addition to the children she serves in Africa, Janet and her organization, Go! Malawi, supports two Malawian students who recently graduated from Hebron Academy in Hebron, Brower said. Both were top scholars and are now off to college. They will be playing on team Go! Malawi and serving the food at lunchtime.

The tourney is limited to 10 teams — first-come, first-served.

For more information, call Brower at 691-3510 or email him at reade@freepressonline.com.

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