Registration is now open for the Cherry Days baseball tournament scheduled for June 30-July 1. All games are played at Volunteer Park, located off of Mathews Lane on Hayden Road.
Now in its second year, the tournament doubles as a fundraiser for the Paonia High School wrestling program. The tournament was added to the Cherry Days schedule last year as a last-minute thought and marks a return of a past tradition of playing ball during the annual community celebration.
Organizer Nate Wiggins recalls playing softball during Cherry Days while growing up in Paonia. About 10 years ago, the tradition just stopped. Wiggins, head wrestling coach and assistant baseball coach at Paonia High School, said he and others managed to put it all together a few days before the Cherry Days weekend. "We just thought it'd be fun to add another event at Cherry Days," said Wiggins. "It wouldn't hurt to raise a little money for the school."
The Men's Wood Bat tournament happens Saturday, June 30, and the co-ed tournament (men use wood bat only) happens Sunday, July 1. Games begin at 8 a.m., with first-round losses determining gold and silver bracket teams. All games are time limited to one hour and each team is guaranteed at least three games.
Cost is $250 per team, with a gold bracket payout of $500. While teams wait for their next games, they can compete in a time-killing corn hole tournament.
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