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Memorial tournament raising funds for Hospital Foundation

A unique memorial softball tournament is approaching Fort St. John, Taking place from August 24-26 will be the Arnie Isberg Memorial 1-Pitch Softball tournament, commemorating the late Arnie Isberg at the Surerus fields.

The tournament will be run in a different way, as teams will play a 1-pitch style game, meaning every batter approaches the plate with a full-count, with only one opportunity to either hit, walk or strike out. The co-ed teams will consist of at least a 6 male, 4 female roster.

The tournament will also feature a home-run derby, a fastest team competition where two men and two women per team race around the baseline, a hardest throw contest, as well as a prize contest for the best dressed team. Prizes will be a plenty, as there are $3,000 worth to be distributed to participating teams.

Arnie Isberg was a long time resident of Fort St. John, who throughout his life, was dedicated to various athletic programs in the region. He was an avid baseball player in his earlier days, a basketball referee, also volunteering his time for the city’s high school basketball program.

Unfortunately, Isberg fell victim to Pleomorphic Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that only affects approximately 350 patients in North America, and is an extremely challenging health issue to treat.

The event will cost $300 per team, and each team is guaranteed three games.

Players will also be able to fill their stomachs and quench their thirst throughout the weekend tournament, as there will be full concessions and beer gardens available.

The deadline for teams to register is Friday, August 17 and for more information or a registration package, contact Vern at 250-262-6331. Emails can also be sent to

100 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Fund.

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