The WP Athletic Boosters and White Pine County School District sponsored a one pitch softball tournament put on by volunteers representing both bodies that raised $4,100.
The first annual “We Ride For the Brand” one pitch 12-hour tournament was held at Marich Fields on July 16 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. A total of seven local teams came out and supported the cause with all proceeds going directly to the WP Athletic Boosters for White Pine High School athletics.
After a total of 26 games played between the seven teams, there were only two teams left to play in the championship. Before the championship game there were a couple of fun events that included a home run derby and base running competition. Each entry was $10 and the winner was to get half while the other half went to WPHS athletics.
Trevor Marques won the home run derby and set the tone of giving back by donating his winnings to WPHS. Following him in his generous ways were winners of the base running competitions, Nate Laity and Madison Rick, who both gave back to athletics as well.
White Pine Pride entered the championship game as the #1 seed with a perfect record. Competing against them was team Hudduh, the #3 seed with only two losses throughout the long day.
After a great first inning, White Pine Pride held on to win the game and win the first ever WP Athletic Booster and WPCSD one pitch tournament.
Tournament director Tylar Laity said he would like to thank all those who helped out with the tournament, including the volunteer umpires, the volunteers who helped maintain the fields, all the team captains and players who entered the tournament and the WPHS teams and coaches that helped booster Vice President Mele Kingston run concessions all day long. A special thanks went out to the county commission board members who split up and paid the field usage fee because they believe in the importance of athletics in high school. The tournament would not have happened without a community effort.