“Red Eye” Tournament of Hope starts this evening

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TAYLOR, B.C. — The 11th Annual Allen LaFleur Tournament of Hope “red eye” slo-pitch tournament is taking place this weekend.

The tournament kicks off early this evening, with the remaining games played ‘round the clock until the last pitch is thrown at the Taylor ball diamonds on Sunday. A total of 39 teams will be competing in 96 games during the over 48 straight ours of softball action.

The tournament’s home run derby is taking place on Saturday at 2:30 p.m., while the final game of the tournament happens on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. There will also be a concession, beer garden, 50/50 draws, and a silent auction.

This year the tournament is raising money for two area residents: Eric Tobler and Judy Greyeyes. Tobler has had an ongoing battle since last year’s tournament, when he was hit in the leg by a baseball. He has had several surgeries, infections and complications, and has spent the majority of the last year in the hospital in Fort St. John, Prince George, and Vancouver.

Judy Greyeyes has been diagnosed with Metastatic Stage 4 lung cancer that has spread to her breast and lymph nodes. In addition she has been dealing with Type 1 diabetes, Addison’s disease, hypothyroidism and glaucoma.

The action starts at the Taylor ball diamonds today at 7:00 p.m.