Benefit tournament successful at raising spirits and money

14_sb-3359BATTER UP  — Greg Wakkinen, Conrad Volunteer Fireman and player for “The Hosers”, gets ready to deliver some serious power to the pink softball at the Co-ed Benefit Softball Tournament on July 16. I-O Photo by Deanna Wakkinen

By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter

The community came together to raise money for Christy Kulpas, of Conrad, who is battling breast cancer on July 16 and 17. There were 12 teams in all and most were local except for two.

So Lo Air came from Valier and hung in the tournament until losing out to take fourth place. The Great Snatches from Shelby came in third losing out to Shephard Appraisal, who lost their first game on Saturday against So Lo Air and came back on Sunday to go on a seven game winning streak to beat out the undefeated Flint Tropics and take the championship.

It was a double elimination tournament because of all the teams that entered, meaning that in the end, The Flint Tropics had to be beat twice since they went undefeated until the championship. Other teams that entered were our local Conrad Volunteer Fire Department, The Keg, Mattson Farms, The Rack Pack, Titts and Mitts, Mike and Chad’s, Big Sky Equipment and The Misfits. There were two run-ins with the outfield fence but there were no major injuries.


The games began early Saturday morning with the first two at 8:30 a.m. and they continued all day with the final games of that day at 7 p.m. The storm that came through put a halt to those games and they had to be continued the next morning. The championship games didn’t end until 8:30 p.m. Sunday night making for a very tired Shephard Appraisal team.


On Saturday, 50/50 tickets were also sold with the winning amount being $430 that was won by Ken Newmiller. He donated it back to the benefit for a total of $860 raised. Concessions were sold all weekend and they were very successful with not much food left by the championship games.

There is still money coming in so an official total of the whole benefit is still inconclusive. The benefit was successful at raising more funds than last year’s which came in at over $5,000.

The pig roast and auction Friday night at the Branding Iron helped raised a good portion of the money for the whole tournament. The turnout was great, the weather for the parking lot party was perfect and so was the roasting of the pigs and the music by Harry and Lloyd’s DJ service.

All proceeds from the entire weekend will go to the beneficiary.

Pink breast cancer men’s and women’s softballs were purchased and donated by Denzer Farms adding a fun touch to all the games.