Event to raise money for FCHS softball program
The 20th annual Molly/Abbie Softball Tournament will be held July 12-13 at Winchester City Park in memory of two Franklin County High School seniors who passed away in 2000.
The now-yearly event began in 2000 after Molly Stewart and Abbie Bondurant tragically passed away in a boating accident on Tims Ford Lake on May 12, 2000.
Winchester Recreation Director Darrell Jolley has helped to put on the event each year since its inception.
“They wanted to do something to honor those young ladies, and so we came up with this softball tournament,” Jolley said. “It was really something to get people in the community together to celebrate their lives.”
The event will feature a competitive bracket and a fun bracket to give teams options in the event.
The fun division is intended for teams of players who don’t normally play league softball to give them a chance to raise money at the event.
“The fun division is, more or less, for families who want to come out and celebrate Molly and Abbie,” Jolley said. “That’s what the event started out as.”
Each team for the fun division must consist of five boys and five girls. Bats and balls will be furnished for teams in the fun division.
The competitive division was added in later years to give more seasoned competitors a chance to play against similar competition. Competitive teams must have at least three girls on their team of 10.
Entry into the tournament costs $200 per team with all proceeds going to the FCHS softball team. The softball team also assists in the event by volunteering for needed positions.
“They come and they’ll do the umpiring and run the gate,” Jolley said. “They’ll supply some players who need girls for a team here and there.”
In addition to the team fees, participants and spectators at the event will be able to donate money and buy concessions to further support the team.
The tournament will begin at Winchester City Park on July 12 with action continuing into July 13. Plaques will be awarded for first and second place in each division.
To enter the tournament for either division, go to www.softballwire.com/tournament/?tourneyID=938 or call Darrell Jolley at 931-308-7653 or Josh Nickerson at 931-636-1972. Teams wanting to sign up for the fun division can also send an email with a name and contact info to email@example.com.