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Baseball, softball tourney playoffs under way in Perrysburg

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It is playoff week for hundreds of Perrysburg boys and girls in the Perrysburg Amateur Baseball and Softball Commission when league champions will be decided in games Friday night.

The season opened May 3. 

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“It is fun to see teams sometimes not win a lot of games all year, then develop and surprise a lot of teams (in the tournament),” said Cindi Gumpf, of the organization. “We ask the coaches of the younger ages to move the players around a lot to see development.”

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Playoffs started Monday throughout the leagues and Ms. Gumpf said the parks had “tons” of people out for them. They had workers out Tuesday to make sure the fields were usable for the night games after a morning storm. All the tournament games for the six baseball leagues and softball league are at Rivercrest or Municipal parks. The players range from kindergartners through junior high students. 

Earlier this year, the Bucky Marshall Scholarship was awarded to two graduating Perrysburg High School students who played in the league as children. Mallory Creps and Nicholas Fleming were the award winners, each getting a $500 scholarship. 

On Saturday, when all-star games will be played, there will be the Bucky Marshall Awards announced at Rivercrest Park at 12:30 p.m. The awards are given to players on each team that has the best sportsmanship and attitude but isn‘‍t an all-star.

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The awards are named after Mr. Marshall spent 25 years helping with Perrysburg little league by umpiring, running concessions, and raising funds. He raised $10,000 so children didn’‍t have to pay to play. After his death, the family donated another $10,000 to the Perrysburg Amateur Baseball and Softball Commission.

“It is fun to see the different kids from every team play together,” Ms. Gumpf said about Saturday‘‍s all-star games.

Games begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and will go into the afternoon. 

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.

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