Softball part of Carson Valley Days tradition
Billed as the state’s oldest slow-pitching tournament, 24 teams are coming together this weekend to play in the Carson Valley Days/Outlaws Slow-Pitch Softball 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 on Saturday and Sunday. Action begins Saturday at 8 a.m. on Field 4 and Field 5 at Lampe Park. The men’s championship game is tentatively scheduled for 4 p.m. on Sunday.
A beanbag throw will also be held as part of the festivities Saturday at 3 p.m., according to tournament director Tim Jacobsen.
“This is the longest-running slow-pitch softball tournament in the state of Nevada,” Jacobsen said in a 2016 interview. “It’s a first-class tournament. It’s recreation ball, but it’s very competitive.”
Softball — both fast-pitch and slow pitch — has been part of Carson Valley Days for several decades.
The inaugural Carson Valley Days slow-pitch tournament, though, was played in 1973 and Douglas Oil of Fallon defeated Wayne’s Glass in the championship game at the old Gardnerville softball park (at a site that is now Heritage Park).
The tournament 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.
Proceeds from the tournament, including the concession stand and beanbag throw, go toward local youth sports programs.