2017-03-02 / Outdoors

Play Ball!

$26,000 raised inpast tournaments


LAURIE NACHAZEL, Brian Nachazel’s mother (pictured center), was among the first players in action Saturday morning. Also pictured are Liz Daher and Rick Flora. LAURIE NACHAZEL, Brian Nachazel’s mother (pictured center), was among the first players in action Saturday morning. Also pictured are Liz Daher and Rick Flora. Cedar was the place to be Saturday morning as community members came together to take part in the third annual Brian Nachazel Memorial Snowball Tournament at the Cedar ballfields.

The “Maple Hill Builders” emerged victorious from the nineteam tournament, which started atop snow-covered diamonds at 9 a.m.

“It was cold and really windy,” said Rebecca Goff, a member of the winning team. “Everything toward the end got really icy. That was rough, but it was a good turnout for as cold and nasty as it was.”

The fundraiser is held in honor of Goff’s brother, Brian Nachazel, who was killed in a 2014 car accident. Goff said the total of funds raised should be determined at some point this week.


NINE TEAMS participated Saturday in a the third annual Brian Nachazel Memorial Snowball Tournament in Cedar. The “Maple Hill Builders” made it through the double-elimination bracket, pictured early Saturday, without a loss. NINE TEAMS participated Saturday in a the third annual Brian Nachazel Memorial Snowball Tournament in Cedar. The “Maple Hill Builders” made it through the double-elimination bracket, pictured early Saturday, without a loss. Nachazel’s mother, Laurie Nachazel, said community involvement makes the snowball tournament what it is.

“Everybody just pitches in, volunteers and helps us with everything,” Laurie Nachazel said. “Jen Plamondon organizes everything. She is just awesome.”

Players and spectators raised more than $26,000 in the first two years of the tournament. This year’s funds will benefit area families in need and upgrades at the ballfields in Cedar.



AN INFIELDER lines up a throw to home base. AN INFIELDER lines up a throw to home base.

NOT ALL players layered up for the weather Saturday. This batter stepped to the plate in a pair of camo shorts. NOT ALL players layered up for the weather Saturday. This batter stepped to the plate in a pair of camo shorts.

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