Tourney honoring Focht upcoming

The second annual 4 Mick 4 TheGame softball tournament is scheduled to be held on June 30 and July 1 with the expanded field set to play games at Legion Park and Logan Elementary fields.

The tournament is played in honor of former Hollidaysburg Area softball standout Mikayla “Mick” Focht, who was killed in April 2017 in an ATV accident.

“A lot of people were a lot more willing to help this year because they understood the process,” Tournament director Jim Payne said. “Everybody was willing to help, willing to volunterer to make it good if not better than last year.”

All proceeds from the weekend will go to the memorial scholarship fund set up in Focht’s name.

Legion Field will be the main site for the four division (12U, 14U, 16U and 18U) field, but due to the increase in the number of teams, the 14U division will play games on Saturday at Logan Elementary School.

“It filled up within probably five weeks but I had a lot of people who said last year that they were in for this year,” Payne said. “Almost all of the teams from last year came back again. A lot of people want to support this scholarship.”

The field includes six teams in 12U, nine in 14U six in 16U and five in 18U.

“We expanded to add the 12U program and we expanded the 14U program to add more teams,” Payne said. “I still turned away another 20 teams because, unfortunately, our resources for umpires are a little short. That kind of governs how many teams you can have.”

Each teams is guaranteed four games with Saturday hosting three pool play games, and Sunday being a single elimination tournament.

On Friday, June 29 an alumni game will begin at 7 p.m. and is open to any former softball player who would like to play.

To find out how to register to play in the alumni game or for more information on the tournament, please contact Payne at JMP355@aol.com.

“We are giving away four scholarships at the PSCA (Pennsylvania Softball Coaches’ Association) All-Star game, so four girls are going to benefit from this,” Payne said.

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