Home Run Derby This Weekend

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Softball players planning on participating in the Second Annual Payson Parks and Recreation and Mazatzal Casino Home Run Derby must register and pay their entry fee of $45 per team by July 15.

All players 21 years of age and older are eligible to participate.

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Batters will be swinging for the fences this weekend at the Second Annual Home Run Derby.

The tournament will take place at Rumsey II ballfield starting at 5 p.m. July 16. Each team will play for prize money to be donated to a local non-profit organization of their choice.

The prizes are:

  • $500 for first place
  • $300 for second place
  • $100 for third 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's and women's divisions. 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 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.

For more information, log on to www.paysonparks.com or call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

Celebrate Christmas a little early at golf tournament

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 barbecue steak dinner cooked by Albert and Charlene Hunt.

Following the meal, the tournament sponsors will hold their annual public safety officer auction. Each three-person team entered in the tournament will have the opportunity to bid on an officer to fill out a foursome for the following day's tournament.

Among the 21 public safety officers on the auction block spinning wheel will be Payson Police Chief Gordon Gartner, Payson Fire Chief Marty deMasi and Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores.

The tournament tees off at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start. The tournament entry fee is $125 per player or $375 per team.

Payson Police Detective Matt Van Camp, tournament director, said the entry fee does not include the purchase of the public safety team member.

The entry fee does include the steak dinner, green fees, golf cart and prizes.

For entry forms or more information, call Van Camp at (928) 474-5177, ext 251.

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