White Mountain Softball Looking For Teams For Smack Attack Tournament

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In the White Mountain community of Eagar, a group of softball enthusiasts have issued an invitation to their Rim country diamond counterparts to play ball.

Seems the folks in the small Apache county community want to upgrade their ball fields but are a little shy of funds.

To raise money for improvement projects, they've decided to host the inaugural Smack Attack in the White Mountain Women's Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament.

The tournament will be played Saturday July 29 beginning at 7 a.m. at the Springerville/Eagar Recreation Center.

Tournament organizers Andrea Charley and Becky Orona say they are hoping women's teams from Payson choose to participate.

The Smack Attack, they say, could serve as a good tune-up for local women's teams readying themselves for the Payson ASA Labor Day Classic Tournament Sept. 3-4.

Already signed up for the Smack Attack are six teams from Springerville/Eagar and one each from Snowflake and Show Low.

Charley and Orona say they expect many more to enter as the tournament date approaches.

The two organizers promise the day will be fun-filled, with plenty of softball action to go along with vendor and craft booths, raffles, prizes and food and drink. Among the raffle items are a Worth Super Cell C405 bat and a Ken Griffey Pro Model Rawlings Trapeze glove.

Tournament championship team members will receive bat bags as prizes. The runners-ups will be awarded T-shirts and visors.

Tournament rules will be the usual ASA regulations but Charley and Orona are asking players to not wear steal cleats or use double walled bats.

"Other than those rules, we leave it up to the umpires," Charley said.

To ensure there's plenty of financial support for the tourney, Charley and Orona have signed up Tucson Electric Power and Verizon Wireless as sponsors.

Tucson Electric Power is the operator of the Springerville Generating Station, which basically provided the funds and tax revenue to help the Round Valley School District build the largest high school dome in America.

"All our friends in the electrical utility industry were very generous in supporting our efforts," Charley said.

For players who want to stay over a day or two in Eager, Orona and Charley have arranged for them to receive special discounts at both the Rode Inn and El Jo motels in Springerville.

"Both are nice, clean and located right on Main Street in Springerville," Charley said. "The people there are warm, friendly and very supportive of our tournament."

Also, plans are in the works to host a player's happy hour and mixer the evening before the tournament at one of the motel locations.

Following a tournament, famished ball players are always eager to find a waterin' hole where they can enjoy a good meal and a couple of hours of friendly camaraderie.

Near Springerville and Eagar there are ample spots, Charley said.

"For a real treat, one might want to drive up to Greer to visit Castle Kate's not only is this place absolutely beautiful, the food is good and the owners and staff are wonderful."

In town, Charley recommends Booga Red's as her favorite for good Mexican food.

"They also have a fun little bar in the back called Tequila Red's," she said. Other possibilities are Mike's Place (steak house and lounge) and Round Valley Pizza.

"We've put a lot of work into this to make it as fun as possible," Charley said. "We have so much to offer cool weather, great local businesses and a mutual love of softball how much more could you ask for?"

For more information or applications, call Charley (333-5365) or Orona (333-4869).

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