Carson Valley Days softball has 24 teams
June 7, 2016
Billed as the state's oldest slow-pitch softball tournament, 24 teams are coming together this weekend for the 37th annual Carson Valley Days/Outlaws Invitational at Lampe Park.
Sixteen teams are entered in the men's division and eight teams in the co-ed division for games that will be played Saturday and Sunday. Action begins Saturday at 8 a.m. on Field 4 and Field 5 at Lampe Park.
Softball — fast-pitch and slow pitch — have been part of Carson Valley Days for several decades, tournament director Tim Jacobsen noted.
"This is the longest-running slow-pitch softball tournament in the state of Nevada," Jacobsen said. "And it goes back even longer than that. Wayne Brown has told me slow-pitch softball started at Carson Valley Days in 1973, and before that, there was a fast-pitch for several years."
The men's championship game is tentatively set for 3 p.m. on Sunday. A time for the coed championship game was still to be determined as of Tuesday.
"It's a first-class tournament," Jacobsen said. "It's recreation ball, but it's very competitive."
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The event is hosted by The Outlaws, an organization consisting of former players for the Carson Valley Outlaws men's slow-pitch team that won multiple Carson Valley Days and Nevada state titles in the 1970s and '80s.
Lampe Park, the Valley's first recreation park formally opened on June 3, 1974.
Jacobsen said the tournament, including the concession stand, serves as a fundraiser for local youth sports.
"The money raised goes back to the youth of the community, mostly the high school," he said.
The third annual cornhole event — or bean bag toss — will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. on Field 4.
"It's something to give more people an opportunity to stay out there and have fun," Jacobsen said. "It's what Carson Valley Days is all about … just having a good time."