Players from the Bucyrus Little League program and beyond will take over Aumiller Park this weekend to compete in the Tommy Smith Slugfest Tournament.
The double elimination tournament, which starts Friday at 6 p.m. and continues all day Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., will benefit Smith, a long-time Bucyrus Little League coach, who was diagnosed with cancer in the spring.
“It’s something we came up with to help Tommy out,” Bucyrus Little League Board member and coach Chuck Hollis said. “He’s done a lot for our league, most importantly, these kids over all the years he has coached, and it’s the least we can do to help him.”
Hollis said the goal for the Slugfest was to have 24 teams, but the final number has dwindled down to nine, with some committed teams backing out. In addition to the Bucyrus participants, teams from Plymouth, New London, Danville and Pataskala will also be in attendance.
“We’re hoping to feed off of it this year and build into next year,” Hollis said.
A home run derby is scheduled to take place Saturday night with four different age groups (10, 11, 12 and 13 year olds). Most participants have already registered, but those interested can sign up as last as Saturday, and the cost is $5.
A 50/50 raffle will take place for a 42 inch Samsung Television, and there will also bake sale, with all proceeds benefiting Smith.