Monday, August 12, 2019

Almost $60 raised at 2019 JHF Wiffle Ball Tournament

The 2019 Jake Hodge Wiffle Ball Tournament raised almost $60,000 to fund scholarships for graduates of Crittenden, Lyon, Caldwell and Trigg counties, plus another one for a high school rodeo participant.

The foundation was started by Denis and Shannon Hodge as a lasting memorial to their son who died unexpectedly at age 12 in 2008. Ken and Katie Parker of Princeton host the Wiffle Ball Tournament at two miniature, replica ballparks called Little Busch Stadium and Little Fenway Park South.

The Crittenden Free Press team won the championship, going undefeated in pool play and 2-0 in Sunday’s single-elimination tournament.

Dono McGregor, pitcher for The Press team, was named Most Valuable Player and he was also selected as a JHF Wiffle Ball Hall of Famer.

Monday, July 29, 2019

JHF welcomes new Little Fenway to lineup

Ken and Katie Parker have added to their field of dreams in the backyard of their Princeton home where they host the annual JHF Wiffle Ball Tournament.

This year, the Parkers will unveil Little Fenway, a second field beside of the original Little Busch.

Read More about the Tournament Here.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

JHF Wiffle Ball Tournament breaks record

The 2018 Jake Hodge Foundation Wiffle Ball Tournament at Little Busch Stadium in Princeton, Ky., raised a record 40,569.

Princeton's Tiger Baseball won the tournament for the first time, beating Marion's Scared Hitless in the championship game.

A sincere thank you Ken and Katie Parker for hosting the event once gain, and to everyone who participated. We are blessed!


Sunday, July 8, 2018

It's Wiffle Time in West Kentucky

Last year's JHF Wiffle Ball Tournament at Little Busch Stadium in Princeton raised a record $33,000 and we're getting ready now for the 2018 edition of the Foundation's biggest fundraising event of the season.

Join us on Friday, Saturday, Sunday Aug. 3-5 for fun and entertainment. Get a team together and join the competition or just visit a game and enjoy this extraordinary atmosphere in the backyard of Ken and Katie Parker, benefactors of this annual event.

More than $13,000 in scholarships was awarded this year by the Foundation. Those receiving scholarships were from Crittenden, Livingston, Caldwell, Lyon and Trigg counties and  the Kentucky High School Rodeo.



Wednesday, July 5, 2017

JHF Wiffle Ball event coming soon

Last year's championship team, the Rally Squirrels.
The 2017 Jake Hodge Wiffle Ball Tournament is fast approaching.

Get your team together and start fundraising now to help this great cause.

All proceeds benefit area college students in the form on scholarships.

The three-day event at Little Busch Stadium in Princeton, Ky., will be held Aug. 4-6.

This year, there will be a special division for youth teams.

For more information, call (270) 704-0643.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Annual fundraiser nets record

The 2016 Wiffle Ball Tournament at Little Busch Stadium in Princeton raised $26,200, an all-time record for the Jake Hodge Foundation

This brings our four-year total to $75,550 from Wiffle Ball events.

"Pretty amazing considering our small communities," said organizer and stadium founder Ken Parker.

An estimated crowd of 400 watched Friday nights games.

Pro golfer Emma Talley threw out first pitch to Jessi (Hodge) Sigler and the 2016 scholarship winners were recognized.

Read more about the annual Wiffle Ball Tournament

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Wiffle Ball Raises Nearly $23,000 !

Nearly $23,000 was raised last weekend during the third annual Jake Hodge Foundation Wiffle Ball Tournament at Princeton’s Little Busch Stadium.

The ball field, a near perfect 23-percent downsized replica of the St. Louis stadium, is located at the home of Ken and Dr. Katie Parker, philanthropists have have helped spearhead the foundation’s largest yearly fundraiser. The foundation provides college scholarships to students in four area counties – Crittenden, Caldwell, Lyon and Livingston. 

The The McCrew of Princeton beat The Crittenden Free Press in
 the championship game on Sunday and The McCrew’s Conner McEneney was named MVP. There were 16 teams in the tournament. The Crittenden Free Press also led all participating teams in fundraising with more than $3,000 donated toward the effort. 

About 350 people attended the Friday night opening ceremony where more than $14,000 was raised. 

The foundation is named for the late Jake Hodge, the son of Crittenden County teachers and coaches Shannon and Denis Hodge. He died in 2008 and the family established the foundation as a legacy to his faith-based life and way to reach and help children in the surrounding communities. 

RESULTS
POOL PLAY
Crittenden Free Press def Kents Crew 7-3
Team 11  def Kings of Crash  4-3
KnuckleHeads def The Squad 12-0
Crittenden Free Press def Team to be Named Later 11-2
Kents Crew def Team to be Named Later 13-7
G G Warriors def The Squad 8-6
Fredonia Boys def Rally Squirrels 12-3
G G Warriors def KnuckleHeads 9-5
McCrew def kings of Crash 3-2 (Extra Innings)
Outlaws def 12 U Marion Bobcats 11-1
Fredonia Boys def Bone Collectors 7-6
Outlaws def Akridge Amazing Aces 5-2
Rally Squirrels def Bone Collectors 4-2
12U Marion Bobcats def Akridge Amazing Aces 9-0
McCrew def Team 11 8-3

PLAYOFFS
#4 Fredonia def #5 G G Warriors 7-4
#2 Crittenden Free Press def 7-3
#1 McCrew def #4 Fredonia Boys 1-0

#1 McCrew def #2 Crittenden Free Press 7-4