Kaw Valley Bank claims softball title
It was deja vu for the Kaw Valley Bank men's slo-pitch softball team at the second annual Don Abel Memorial Wrestling Foundation softball tournament Saturday.
For the second year, KVB came from behind against to head into the championship round. This year, KVB defeated Got Beer? In last year's game, they came from behind and defeated C-HAWKK to claim the win.
To make it to the final round Saturday, the bank team was trailing 13-0 behind Got Beer? and finished with a 14-13 win to head into the championship game.
KVB claimed the title by defeating Got Beer? 10-9. Reynold's Lawn and Leisure finished third by beating C-HAWKK 10-7 and falling 17-16 to Got Beer?
Don Abel played for the bank team for several years. He passed away in October 1998.
Team members who participated were Greg Anderson, David Becker, James Becker, Mark Durkin, Jeff Gasaway, Bryan Hastert, Brad Hime, Jason Hoover, Brian Kraus, Bruce Laird, Mike Ray, Travis Schweitzer, Tim Shepard and Steve Spence.
Abel's youngest son, Kent, 11, threw out the first pitch of the championship game. Abel's daughter, Jill, 16, made the catch.
Abel's other sons, Josh, 18, and Kevin, 13, presented the first-place trophy and T-shirts to the winning team. Jill and Kent gave out the other teams' trophies.
The one-day event raised over $1,100 for the foundation. Funds raised during the tournament will be used for scholarships at Eudora High School and for wrestling equipment for the Eudora Wrestling Club.
Scott Hopson and Jason Hoover organized the tournament.