UNION — An upcoming softball tournament will honor the memory of a local softball player while raising funds to benefit his family.
The 35STRONG tournament will be held this Saturday, Nov. 5, at South Hills Complex in Union.
The name “35STRONG” came from the late Mike Cody, who always wore jersey No. 35 during his years on the softball field. One of the tournament’s organizers — Ric Parham — said Cody was an avid softball player and supporter of the entire softball community. Cody passed away after a massive heart attack in September.
“He played softball for years, traveling around and playing, and just about everybody knew him,” Parham said. “Everybody lost a huge part of their lives when he passed away.”
Parham — who was Cody’s roommate at one time — said Cody will be remembered for his support of others both on and off the field.
“He was a very kind-hearted person,” Parham said. “He would make you smile when you were sad; he was always uplifting. He did what he could to keep you going if you needed him in any kind of way.”
Parham said one of the other tournament organizers, Blake Fowler, was like a brother to Mike. Fowler wants to urge members of the community to “come out and play, make a donation, or just come to have a good time while we honor Mike.”
All proceeds from Saturday’s tournament will go toward the 35STRONG cause in the form of a donation to Cody’s daughter, Bella, and son, Henry.
To make the 35STRONG tournament a success, organizers need as many teams to sign up as possible. The deadline for registration is Thursday evening. The entry fee is $200 per team.
The tournament will include a home run derby, and concessions will be available. The rules for the tournament are as follows:
• Double Elimination
• One-and-one count with no good foul
• Five home runs then an out (option to buy more home runs)
• 44 core 375/400 or 52 core 275/300
• No ultras, Titaniums or Senior League bats
For more information, contact Blake Fowler at (864) 426-6733, Ric Parham at (864) 762-7696, or Derrick Clayton at (864) 426-1730.