Pattee Park served as host for the 2nd annual Iowa Fire Museum Co-ed Softball Fundraiser Tournament Saturday. The purpose was the raise funds for the Iowa Fire Museum, founded by Brian Eiteman. The museum is located next to Firehouse Ice Cream at 1122 2nd Street in downtown Perry, which is owned and operated by Eiteman and members of his family.
Ryan Lyddon served as coordinator and promoter of the tourney as well as coach of local team "Balls Deep."
A total of 12 teams from the local area played three pool games in approximately five hours in order to generate two six-team brackets, with a men’s and women’s home run derby separating pool play from single-elimination bracket play.
Upper bracket bragging rights belonged to Rack City (coached by Ed Hopes), with Dawgs (coached by Rob Schultz) placing second. Nick Miner of Rack City won the upper bracket home run derby.
Coach Jeremy Young and Ron’s Dawg House won the lower bracket, with Team Collision (coached by Jackie Lathrum-Kinney) finishing second. Jeremy Moon of Ron’s Dawg House was the lower bracket home run derby winner, with Jenna Baker winning the ladies home run derby.
Organizers were pleased with the strong turnout, which generated approximately $1900 for the Iowa Fire Museum.