Field of Eight Set for 20th Clearfield “Past-Your-Prime” Softball Tourney

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CLEARFIELD — Eight teams, up two from last year, will be seeking the milestone 20th annual Clearfield “Past-Your-Prime” Modified Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament title this weekend.

Bob Boob’s Garage returns to the fold after a three-year-absence and Buster’s Sports Bar  will field its own team for the first time since 2009.

Buster’s and Siegel Engraving have co-sponsored an entry for the last four years and will do so again.

Two other Clearfield squads, the Meatheads and Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub, will tangle in the opener of the double-elimination, wood bat tourney for players 40-and-older Saturday at 9 a.m. at Bucky Strunk Memorial Field.

First-round action will continue with Buster’s/Siegel’s challenging the defending champion Bedford Over-The-Hillbillies at 10:15, Potter’s Bricklayers of Philipsburg going against the Emporium Used-To-Be-Goods at 11:30 and Boob’s playing Buster’s at 12:45.

Elimination bracket games are slated for 2 p.m. and 3:15, followed by the winner’s bracket semifinals at 4:45 and 6. A third team will be sidelined in a 7:15 showdown.

Sunday’s starting times will be the same with the loser’s bracket final at 12:45 p.m. and the championship game at 2. If an additional game is necessary, it will follow at 3:15.

All batters will step into the box with a 1-1 count.

A 10-run Mercy Rule after five innings also will be in effect to speed up play.

Denny’s and the Over-The-Hillbillies have alternated as champions the last four years.

Denny’s also shared the 2008 crown with Aqua Specialists of Mechanicsburg, which reigned in 2009.

Potter’s won six of the first eight tournaments and added a seventh title in 2007, while the Meatheads can boast of four championships.

Buster’s and Legends Sports Bar & Grill were the other title trophy winners.

A concession stand stocked with food and beverages donated by Clearfield area businesses and individuals will be in operation both days, with most of the proceeds along with funds generated via fund-raisers will go to the Sgt. William L. Dixon Detachment of U.S. Marine Corps League for that organization’s “Toys for Tots” Program.

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