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Tourney drives home funds for CASA

September 12, 2010
  • Kim Silva, left, of team Nuts for You, is safe at second base after Marley Boozer of team Forry's tags her too late with the ball Sunday during the ninth annual "run, jane, run" slow-pitch softball tournament at Pinesburg softball complex near Williamsport.
By Colleen McGrath, Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT -- The ninth annual "run, jane, run" slow-pitch softball tournament over the weekend at Pinesburg softball complex near Williamsport was a fundraiser for Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused (CASA).

Tournament organizers were hoping to raise at least $20,000 this past weekend, said Paula Keser, who is co-tournament director with Jackie Kelley.

During its first 18 years, the event has raised more than $245,000 for CASA programs, Keser said. CASA's programs include a shelter for abused women, a displaced homemakers' class and legal aid for those involved in spousal abuse cases, she said.

Money was raised by selling food, clothes and raffles, and through entry fees, which were $300 per team this year, Keser said.

About 400 people attended the tournament Saturday and approximately 200 showed up Sunday, Keser said.

Twenty-four teams competed, including organized teams and pickup teams.

Waterfront Tavern from Kish Valley, Pa., won the American Division, with Dodds Hotel/Lytle Construction from the Mountaintop Softball League in Oakland, Md., placing second.

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Forry's, near Harrisburg, Pa., won the National Division, with Peckie's Auto Body from McConnellsburg, Pa., placing second.

"People come for the cause," Keser said.

The event also is like a reunion, since many players return each year, she said.

There was one injury over the weekend, when a grounder took a bad hop and hit a player's chin, Keser said. She got eight stitches and returned to the tournament, Keser said.

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