Bourbon Summerfest Slugfest was a hit

BOURBON — Saturday, Aug. 13 and Sunday, Aug. 14 marked the first annual Slugfest tournament for 12-U girls softball at the Bourbon Park. The tournament, organized by Steve McBride, Victor Vuittonet, Chet Irvine and Erik Sechrist, had eight teams participating in the games Vuittonet said they are hoping to grow the tournament next year to include 12 teams.
Saturday was pool play and then Sunday was single elimination playoffs. The teams that played were: Triton Trojans, Bremen TKO’s, OC Crush Orange, OC Crush Black (both Oceola), Red Wave Black, Red Wave White (both Plymouth), LaVille Lancers, and Huntington All-Stars.
“It’s fun to play tournaments. I’m happy and excited this tournament is in Bourbon,” said Hannah Wanemacher, 12, from Triton. She was the starting pitcher in the games.
The tournament started with all eight teams and ended with two vying for the championship. They were OC Crush Orange and Red Wave Black. OC Crush Orange was 3-0 in pool play and Red Wave Black was 2-1, both teams were in Pool B. In the playoffs OC Orange beat LaVille and OC Black, Red Wave Black beat Red Wave White and Triton Trojans. The championship game was well played by both teams who had each just played two other games. The final of that game had OC Crush Orange winning with a score of 17-6.
It was very much a community effort in performing all the tasks associated with the tournament. Brycelynn Garbison and Allyson Brown helped with the score board and the books, Sharon Stephan was one of many parents to work in the concession stand and Paul Walker, a teacher of computer apps and eighth grade U.S. history sold T-shirts, just to name a few of the many who helped out.