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.
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
#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