Jake Hodge Tournament 2013

The first annual Jake Hodge Wiffle Ball tournament at Little Busch Stadium was a roaring success.  The event raised $8100 for the Jake Hodge Scholarship fund. This year’s scholarship winner from Caldwell County, Cameron Brandon was recognized. Opening ceremonies on Friday began with an invocation by Brother Russ Davidson, pastor of First Baptist Church in Princeton, and the first pitch by Denis Hodge.   Friday nights games were highlighted by Wes Evers  (Team 11) 3 home-run game. Bobby East of the Flying Squirrels planted a bomb over the Big Mac Land sign to defeat the Flyin’ Hawaiians.

Flyin Hawaiians

Saturday’s action was rained out and the games were moved to Sunday. All teams got a preview of things to come as the Bone Collectors won their first two games handily. The Bone Collectors featured former Murray State player Gordon Dugan who hit .800 for the tournament, and former Phillies pitcher Anthony Schumaker.

Team 11 (Runner Up)

Team 11 (Runner Up)

The playoffs pitted Gi Gi Warriors versus Bone Collectors in game 1 and McCrew versus Team 11 (Jake Hodge’s old travel baseball team) in game 2. A costly error cost the Warriors as the Bone Collectors advanced to the championship game. Team 11 won game 2 on an exciting walk-off home run. The magical run for sentimental favorite Team 11 came to an end in the championship as the Bone Collectors proved too strong.

Congratulations to the Bone Collectors as the champions. Gordan Dugan was named MVP. There were over 100 free Big Macs given out for home runs over Big Mac Land courtesy of Joe and Kathy McEnaney. A great time was had by all.

See News Channel 6 Tournament Preview