CONRAD SOFTBALL BENEFIT — Nate Pruttis intently watches a softball game on Sunday morning. Over the weekend, 11 teams from all over the area gathered to play in the tournament. All proceeds from the event went to help defray the medical costs that Pruttis has accumulated during his recovery from a spinal tumor. I-O Photo by Adam Jerome
By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter
Over the past weekend the Conrad Benefit Softball Tournament was played at the Conrad Sporting Complex.
With games being played on Saturday and Sunday, 11 teams were put together, all vying for first place.
This year the tournament proceeds, which included profits from concessions, a potluck and silent auction, team entry fees, 50/50 tickets, a rifle raffle and other donations went to the family of Nathan Pruttis.
Pruttis is a student at CHS and has undergone surgery in Seattle for a spinal tumor. He arrived home in April but still has a long road of recovery ahead of him, not to mention medical bills. The tournament was put together to help defray some of the costs.
Pruttis attended games on both days and also drew the tickets for the first and second place winners of the raffle. Keith Hruska won the rifle and Ted Kronebusch was the winner of the camper’s package.
The 11 teams that entered the tournament are as follows: Shephard Appraisal, Dolls and Balls, The Donut Patrol (local law enforcement), Barstool Outfitters from Great Falls, So Lo Air, Clausen & Sons from Havre, Pitchers and Catchers from Shelby, The Conrad Volunteer Fire Department, The Chosen Ones, Mike & Chad’s and Pony Expressions from Valier.
Fields two and four were used for the double elimination tournament. Games started at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, however due to the Saturday night storms there were delays on the final day. But thanks to volunteers getting the fields pumped and raked the tourney got back on schedule.
One of the benefits organizers Jennifer Hruska commented on the tournament, “Overall, aside from some scrapes and sunburns the tournament went very well.”
By far the most intriguing matchup of the first day involved the firemen taking on the law enforcement for local bragging rights. It was a good game with the firemen getting the win.
In the final bracket, which took place at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, the two undefeated teams took the field. The local team of Shephard Appraisal lost by a few runs to Clausen & Sons of Havre. The loss meant that Shephard would take on The Chosen Ones in loser out action with The Chosen Ones gaining the victory.
The next game involved the Havre team losing to The Chosen Ones, but since each team had only one loss they would have to play again.
In the championship game, Clausen & Sons were able to win a close game for the title.