Ragball tournament raises over $4,000 to support charities

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Dennis Donahue, of the Berryville Ballerz, and his son Easton play catch between tournament games on Saturday afternoon.
Photo by Tavi Ellis/Carroll County News

The Merlin Foundation’s second annual Ragball Tournament was a home run, raising over $4,000 for the nonprofit.

Kaleigh Evans, public relations coordinator for Grandma’s House Children’s Advocacy Center, said Grandma’s House and the Merlin Foundation hosted the event, which hosted 16 ragball teams from Berryville, Harrison, Huntsville, Blue Eye and Fayetteville. The tournament used three fields at the A.L. Carter Baseball and Softball Complex in Berryville, she said, and ran for 16 hours.

“It was packed. We were only using those three fields, and we had families there from 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. when the last pitch ran across home plate,” Evans said. “All the stands were full, and the weather was gorgeous. It was a great day.”

She said the winning ragball team was the Harrison Handymans of Harrison, who took home the first place trophy. The second-place team was the MoArk Ballers, she said.

The $4,000 raised by the tournament will go toward programs and organizations associated with the Merlin Foundation’s mission in Carroll County, Evans said.

“This money will go toward entities that are intertwined with the foundation, like Shop with a Cop,” she said. “If we know of children in Carroll County that are not going to get a Christmas, then we make sure they get to go to Walmart and shop with a cop. They get to spend $100 to pick out whatever presents they want for Christmas.”

The money will also go toward gas cards for families who are having to travel for chemotherapy treatments, she said, and other needs in the county.

Evans said the success of the Ragball Tournament would not be possible without the support of the community.

“This event would not have been the success it was without all of our very generous sponsors from across Carroll County,” she said, “or without the 200 people who showed up to play ball all day long with us for this cause.”

Evans continued, “We’re grateful to everyone who came to play and watch their favorite teams. We would not have had any kind of success if it wasn’t for the community that we live in that is always here to support us at the Merlin Foundation and Grandma’s House.”

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