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Twinsburg -- The Liberty Park ball fields were transformed into a Wiffle Ball extravaganza again this year, as the Twinsburg Baseball League hosted the third-annual Twinsburg World Series of Wiffle Ball Aug. 27 and 28.
"What started as a fun idea to raise some money for charity and new baseball equipment for the kids of Twinsburg has turned into one of the biggest Wiffle Ball tournaments in the world," said Rich Swerbinsky, president of the TBL. "Last year we had 65 teams enter, including teams from Michigan, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and from across ... Ohio. Based on feedback and early registration, we're expecting the tournament to continue to grow in 2016."
This year the tournament drew 72 teams from three states and across Ohio, even a Wiffle Ball team that has become a You Tube sensation. Winners came from three separate age groups.
"This thing kind of started as a joke, now I'm pretty certain it's the largest Wiffle Ball tournament in the country," Swerbinsky said.
The tournament offered all teams two randomly drawn pool play games Aug. 27, with all teams that go 2-0 or 1-1 being seeded and advancing to single elimination championship bracket play Aug. 28.
The event is open to any residents of Twinsburg or other communities in three age divisions (7-10, 11-14, 15-plus).
Teams comprises three or four players, with all players batting and three playing in the field each inning. The tournament is officially sanctioned by Wiffle Ball and featured prizes and trophies for the top teams in each bracket.
Wiffle fields were created in the outfields of the Liberty Park baseball field outfields. Players young and old came to the tourney and a host of vendors and sponsors maintained booths between the fields.
"It's gratifying to see how much fun all of the players and spectators have at the event, and also to see how many people it brings into the city of Twinsburg," Swerbinsky said. "We're committed to continuing to grow and improve the event each year."
A complete recap and pictures are available at www.twinsburgbaseball.com.
Proceeds from the World Series of Wiffle Ball will be used to purchase new equipment, perform field improvements and ensure the localrecreational baseball program remains strong and affordable for Twinsburg families.
Proceeds will also support local war veterans through Twinsburg VFW Post 4929 and initiatives within the Twinsburg police and fire departments that assist the less fortunate in the area.
— Compiled by Editor Andrew Schunk