Friday, May 17, 2013

Rocky Johnson softball set for May 25-26

At Hailey’s Lions Park


Rocky Johnson

     Local electrician and softball enthusiast Jeff Poggi is planning the first annual Rocky Johnson Memorial slow-pitch softball tournament for Memorial Day weekend in Hailey.

     The tournament will begin Saturday, May 25 at 8 a.m. at Lions Park and continue through Sunday, May 26. Entry fee is $185 per team, with a three-game guarantee. Format has each batter starting with a 1-1 count and goes from there.

     Money raised will go to a fund to build a second softball field at Lions Park, said Poggi. He can be reached at 481-2128. Sign up deadline is Monday.

     Thursday Poggi said he hopes to have eight teams. He has commitments from two Twin Falls teams and several from the Wood River Valley.

     Bellevue resident Roderick “Rocky” Johnson, 58, died April 17, 2011 in Ketchum after a one-year battle with leukemia. A native of Baker, Ore., Johnson graduated from Weiser High School in 1972 and last worked as an electrician. He lived in the Wood River Valley from 1978 until his death.

     Johnson’s passion was softball. He played the game in the valley and coached women’s softball and his beloved Balltrappers for more than 25 years. His kindness to friends and strangers was an attribute that people remember today.




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