RUOC'S COLONIAL DAYS WIFFLE BALL TOURNAMENT
In 2013, Wiffle Ball in Painted Post celebrated a wonderful accomplishment…#30. That’s right last year was the 30th Annual Ruoc’s Colonial Days Wiffle Ball Tournament. This milestone event was shared with a wonderful community. Ruoc’s tournament started early in 2013 with a new event to help raise more money – The 1st Annual Wiffle Ball Golf Tournament. Next, a more familiar event took place on the sacred grounds of “Bobo” Ruocco Memorial Field – The Calcutta. The Calcutta saw many teams go for big money, but in the long run it was the Team of Abbey, Rarrick, & Eighmey claiming the money, because Chopper Abbey stole the team for a measly $50 to win over $700. That was short lived, because it was generously donated back to the cause. Another first was the addition of 4 new teams, bringing the field to 20 teams. Moving the field up to 20, the tournament started on Thursday evening and celebrated its first night game. The tournament saw many top plays and web gems throughout the weekend, but the Wiffle Ball community did something special by joining in the Annual Colonial Days Parade with a nice little dance number orchestrated by Nathan Ruocco (AKA – Ferris Bueller), which took Best in Show. The tourney also hosted its own Miss Wiffle Ball Pageant, crowning queens across four different age groups. Tiny Miss was awarded to Kiki SaPereira, Junior Miss to Mikayla Ayers, Miss to Cleo Baker, and the winner of Mrs. Wiffle Ball went to Donna Mae Price; all four queens rode in convertibles in the parade. Afterwards, Lexie’s Lunchbox served up delicious foods, the games continued and Team Abbey, Rarrick & Eighmey were crowned Champions. Following the championship game, the Peaches ‘N Cream All Ruocco Team honors were handed out, two 4DAD Senior Scholarships were given out and the Sam Pallet Band provided post-tourney entertainment into the late hours of the night. The tournament was a huge success and as a community, over $8,000 was raised for a wonderful family in need.
For 2014, the tournament field has been upped again to an all-time high of 24 tenured teams. Night games will be in play, but there will be no breaks this year as the pageant and parade will not happen. Drawing for tournament seeds/first round match-ups takes place Wednesday the 11th, while the 2nd Annual Wiffle Ball Golf Tournament is taking place on Thursday the 12th. Following golf, the Calcutta will start along with the first round of play. Wiffle action continues Friday and picks up again Saturday morning with play occurring all day. It is sure to be another giant success and the W.A.P.P. hopes to see you there!