Local softball teams play in annual H.O.P.E. for a Day Tournament

Published 8:42 pm Tuesday, August 24, 2021

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On Saturday, LaGrange, Callaway, and Troup High’s softball teams played against each other in the annual Hope for a Day tournament to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. Troup-LaGrange was the first game, followed by Troup-Callaway and LaGrange-Callaway.

“I think this is a really great event where three crosstown rivals come together for a really good cause. It’s bigger than softball for a day,” said Chase Wilson, an event coordinator.

At the beginning of the first two games, breast cancer survivors threw the first pitch. The survivor-pitchers for the first game were Jodi Dowden and Sharon Kennedy. The survivor-pitcher for the second game was Kim Bartlett.

In the first game, LaGrange defeated Troup 8-0 in five innings. In the second game, Callaway beat Troup 4-2 in seven innings. The tournament was suspended during the seventh inning of the second game due to weather conditions.

Pauley said “well over” $1,000 was raised.

The tournament has been going on for at least 10 years, according to Gabby Heath, head coach of LaGrange High’s softball team.