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Civic tourney fundraiser set for this weekend

By CHUCK BALLARO - | May 19, 2021

The North Fort Myers Civic Association’s third annual bash-a-ball tourney promises to be the biggest fund raiser in the history of the organization.

Event organizer Doug Dailey said that at least 16 teams will participate in Saturday’s event, a replacement for their Wiffle Ball Bash. Play is set for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the North Fort Myers Community Park’s football field.

Two more teams are expected, with several major sponsors on board for the May 22 event expected to raise more than $10,000 for the 20-year-old organization.

“We’ve exceeded the goals from the first two years in teams and fundraising. This will be our most successful one yet. We’re looking at an 18-team tournament and we gained some sponsors along the way,” Dailey said. “We’ve exceeded out fundraising total and we haven’t even conducted a raffle. Everything has been a success.”

All-American Printing and Sign-a-rama are in again, along with Titan Construction, Ellsworth Heating & Cooling and Paradise Isle, new this year.

Dailey said the pandemic and the three-month delay actually served as a mixed blessing.

“This year, we had some setbacks, but we were able to make it happen and hopefully get back on track with our February tournament next year,” Dailey said.

After two years of having the event sanctioned by Wiffle Ball, this year’s will not be. Dailey decided that after two years of having games that had all the offense of a World Cup Soccer final, some rule changes were needed to produce more offense.

Among the new rules will be new bats, which will be “corked” to make them more hitter friendly. If a ball lands in a certain area, it will now be considered a hit rather than picking it up as it’s still rolling for an out. The ball must be caught in the air.

“We’re changing some rules to create offense and more excitement. We came up with some new rules where that should happen,” Dailey said. “It will be a different type of tournament this year.”

The North Fort Myers Community Park is at 2000 North Recreation Way in North Fort Myers.