Time is quickly winding down for teams to register for the Second Annual Payson Parks and Recreation and Mazatzal Casino Home Run Derby. Entry fees of $45 per team must be paid by by Friday, July 15th.
According to town recreation specialist Charlene Hunt, interest in the event is running high.
"I feel their is some adrenaline running out there for this," she said.
All players 21 years of age and older are eligible to participate.
The tournament will take place at Rumsey II ball field starting at 5 pm. July 16. Each team will be playing for prize money to be donated to a local non-profit organization of their choice.
The prizes are:
- $500 for 1st place
- $300 for 2nd place
- $100 for 3rd place.
All players will receive a t-shirt and trophies will be awarded to the top three teams in each division.
The derby will feature both men and women's division. For the men, the home run fence will be 235 feet from home plate. For the women it will be 200 feet.
Also, the women will hit an 11-inch softball commonly used in most recreation leagues. The men will hit a 12-inch softball. Hitters will supply their own pitchers. Pitches must be underhand and with an arch of 6- to 12-feet above the ground.
The good news for power hitters is that all bats are legal. Balls hit off those bats -- which can cost more than $300 -- travel further and with more velocity because some are built with a combination of fiberglass and graphite and others are double-wall titanium.
The tournament will begin with an opening round in which entrants are given 15 pitches. In the second round, they receive 10 pitches.
After the home runs for each team are calculated, the top four teams from both rounds will advance to the finals.
In the final round, each team begins with a zero score and players receive 15 pitches each.
In case of ties, a sudden death one-pitch tie breaker will be used.
For more information, log on to www.paysonparks.com or call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.
Christmas for Kids
The Payson Public Safety Christmas for Kids benefit golf tournament will get off to a tasty start at 6 p.m. Aug. 26 at Payson Golf Course with a no host cocktail hour and barbecued steak dinner cooked up by Albert and Charlene Hunt.
The tournament tees off at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start. Entry fee is $125 per player or $375 per team.
The entry fee includes the steak dinner, green fees, golf cart and prizes, but not the cop auction.
All proceeds from the Independence Day snack bar and the tournament will be used to purchase Christmas gifts for needy Rim country children.
For entry forms or more information, call (928) 474-5177, ext 251.