Lewis County Herald - Serving Hohenwald, Lewis County Tennessee Since 1898

By Jason Fite
Contributing Sports Writer 

AYSA June Challenge comes to Memorial Park


One week after a successful tournament during the June Jam on Saturday, June 6th at Memorial Park, AYSA Tournament Director Jason Baskins will bring 3 divisions of the AYSA June Challenge to Lewis County on Saturday, June 13th. The June Challenge tournament will be held at two locations, Memorial Park in Hohenwald and the Waynesboro Sportsplex in Waynesboro. Memorial Park will host the 8U, 10U, and High School divisions, while the Waynesboro Sportsplex will host the 12U and 14U divisions. As of Monday night, Baskins said there were 6 teams in each division with room for more. “There will be at least 18 teams playing in Hohenwald this weekend,” Baskins said, “We had 15 last weekend on short notice and could see 20 or more playing in Memorial Park this week.”

The June Challenge is expected to bring teams, players, and spectators from Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Southern Kentucky to Hohenwald and Waynesboro for the weekend. Lewis County Mayor Jonah Keltner has worked closely with AYSA and Tournament Director Baskins for the past few weeks and commented, “I’m excited that Mr. Baskins was so pleased with how things went overall last weekend that he has decided to bring an even bigger tournament to Lewis County this coming weekend. I believe this is good for our local economy as people will be eating at restaurants, filling up at gas stations, and shopping in our stores during breaks in games throughout the day.” Last weekend’s tournament drew between 750-1000 people to Lewis County, and the Mayor and Tournament Director both see this weekend’s tournament drawing an even larger crowd. “The attendance will be bigger this week because we are hosting the 10U and 8U divisions at Memorial Park, and these divisions typically draw larger crowds because they are the younger groups and more people typically come out and support them. Also, AYSA and Baskins have rented all four fields at Memorial Park instead of the three used last week, so it is going to be bigger,” Keltner continued. Keltner went on to say that this week there will be an “all Lewis County” team competing in the 8U division playing at Memorial Park, a team comprised of all local girls.

With games scheduled throughout the day and evening beginning at 8:00 Saturday morning, there will be opportunities for anyone interested to catch some great softball.


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