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Spencer Spotlight: Memorial event receives heavenly weather

4:38 PM, Aug. 21, 2013  |  Comments
Volleyball has become a big part of the Brad Bauer Memorial Softball Tournament. Good volleys and hustling play result in the dust flying and some competitive play.
Volleyball has become a big part of the Brad Bauer Memorial Softball Tournament. Good volleys and hustling play result in the dust flying and some competitive play.
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As he sat in the dugout after a heavenly game of softball, No. 34 contemplated for a while and then spoke to the Chief Umpire. "Sir," he said, "My family and friends are having a tournament next weekend to help the community. Over the years, they have worked endlessly to make this event a huge success. Do you think you can give them a wonderful weekend to help them out?"

God said, "Brad I have watched this event over the years and indeed have witnessed some great things happening each and every year." God continued, "Brad, your request is from the heart. Your family and friends will have a wonderful weekend for their event."

"Thank you so much," Brad said. "By the way, would you want to take a break and play this next game with us?"

"I would love to," God said. Off they went with their bat bags slung over their shoulders. A shining 34 and a 1 were glowing on their respective jerseys as they strolled over to ARC Park North.

So, it came to be. The 11th annual Brad Bauer Memorial Tournament completed a very successful stroll through the weekend.

The teams were very competitive. Some of the regulars were back as well as some new faces. There was good softball played throughout the tournament.

In addition to the softball, volleyball players also enjoyed the sunny weather. Players and fans came prepared. Once they finished a game, they headed for their canopy for some relaxing shade.

There were some diehard fans as they took the bleachers and battled the heat while watching their favorite team play. The concession stand was busy and the cheese curds were a big hit. People opened their pocketbooks for the 50/50 raffles, door prizes and the silent auction.

The weather was perfect, but without a lot of help, the weekend would not run. Family members and friends volunteered to run the concession stand. The B & B Specialties Softball Team kept things going on the field as well as the courts. Numerous businesses, organizations and individuals donated to the weekend. Their generosity is greatly appreciated. It takes a lot of manpower to stage this kind of event. Everybody came through.

"God," Brad said, "Can we start planning for next summer?" God said, "I'll see what I can do. But first, let's finish this softball game."

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