Softball goes to the dogs Sept. 14, 15

Monday, August 13, 2012

A new softball tournament will be another tool in the fight to reopen the Putnam County Humane Shelter.

The Going to the Dogs Backward Softball Coed Tournament is slated for Sept. 14 and 15 at Robe-Ann Park in Greencastle.

The event will also feature a cornhole tournament, silent auction, 50-50 drawing, a home run derby and grilled food -- all with a goal of raising money to reopen the shelter.

The trick of the softball tournament is offensive players must run the bases backward. The idea is to keep it fun for everyone, not just serious softball teams.

Besides the softball, organizers hope to capitalize on the popularity of cornhole as well as attracting others to the park with the variety of fundraisers going on during the tournament.

Entry fee for softball is $125 per team. Cornhole will be $20 per team or $10 for individuals. The event is being organized by Janie Briones, Monica Sargent and Jim and Patty Sprinkle.

To enter either tournament or make a donation to the silent auction, contact Jim Sprinkle at 719-1703 or Briones at 721-1148.

In an ongoing fundraiser for the Humane Shelter, Sargent reported that things are going well for Rescued Treasures, the Humane Society of Putnam County's secondhand store. She said sales have doubled since moving to the old site of Brackney's Western Store on U.S. 231 North.

The store also takes donations of pet food, as the food is given to pet owners unable to afford to feed their dogs and cats.

Pet food donations will also be taken at the tournament.

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