Cyclops Field Of Dreams Hosts Softball Tournament Fundraiser

  • 4/14/2018 5:25:21 PM
  • Kelly Stobie
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - A softball tournament was held at Cyclops Field of Dreams on Saturday in memory of fallen Mansfield Police Officer Brian Evans as well as former softball player and coach Ron Laughlin.

The tournament, festively named the "Turkey Tourney Softball Tournament," was originally supposed to be held in November but wound up being rescheduled due to weather.

In the tournament's opening ceremony, Officer Evans' daughter Tess threw out the first pitch. The Mansfield Police Department was also present for the start of the tournament, showing support by bringing in their cruisers for the opening ceremony, and even playing as a team during the first round of games.

The event also served as a fundraiser for Cyclops Field of Dreams. Local sponsors raised money for each team's shirts as well as the food, and people donated money and gift baskets to be raffled off.

Jenni Yoder, current lease-holder for Cyclops Field, initially volunteered to clean and maintain the field upon learning that local Middle School students didn't have a field to play on. She and her husband took on the responsibility of mowing the fields and maintaining the restrooms and dugout areas, among other things.

She said that last year she was able to purchase a new mound for Field One with money raised by local citizens and she hopes to be able to purchase one for Field Three as well.

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