2021 The HEAT is ON!
The Heat was on and the Cubs roared!! The 2021 JHF Foundation tournament raised a record $73,616. That was not the only record that was shattered. A record number of home runs were hit (144) eclipsing the old record by SIXTY (83). Numbers can be deceiving however. When compared to total hits, the home run percentage was 14%, exactly in line with previous years. This is in line with MLB home run percentage (14%). The tournament was divided into two divisions, American and National League. The Heat won the American League and the CC Cubs were national league champs. Carter Whittington (Heat) was named AL MVP while Anna Boone (Wiffle Woders) was NL MVP. Boone was the first multi hr hitting female in tourney history. Gavin Mitchell of the Cubs set a record for most hits in a tourney (13). Gabe Board moved into a three way tie (Dono McGregor and Gordon Dugan) for most hits in a career (39). Brandon Sigler cemented his legacy taking over all time HR lead with 15 in his career. Your Sports Edge led by the Isom boys had a good showing but came up just short against the Heat in the AL Championship. Defending champs Free Press were 0-3 as star Dono McGregor has just came off injured list. It was a great weekend had by all.
2019 Rain Rain, Go Away
The 2019 Jake Hodge Foundation Wiffle ball tournament saw another record year of funraising as $58,613 dollars were raised. The event was the largest to date. Rain on Saturday and Sunday did not dampen the community involvement or support for this great cause. The event was highlighted by the addition of our second field "Little Fenway South". Little Fenway was constructed in about 3 weeks and proved to be a hit from players and fans alike. The Crittenden Free Press won in the championship against the 2015 champion McCrew. For the Free Press, it was their first win in the Jake Hodge Tournament. There has not been a repeat champion since the Bone Collectors won the first two events in 2013 and 2014. Other standout performances were from the Joe Vanhooser led Knuckelheads as well as Jakie Sholar's Longshots. In the end, it was the Free Press led by Denis Hodge, Brandon Sigler, and MVP Dono Mcgregor.
2018 Tigers Roar
August 09, 2018. The 2018 Jake Hodge Tournament set a record raising $42,850 dollars. 22 teams participated in beautiful, but warm weather. Tournament MVP went to Jase Felker and Oliver Parker of Tiger Baseball. Tiger Baseball was dominant throughout the event and captured their first Jake Hodge title defeating Scared Hitless in the final. A devotional service by Brandon Sigler highlighted Sundays final day. The surprise of the tournament were the newcomers' Caldwell 9U All Stars. The All Stars made it to the semifinals, bowing out to Tiger Baseball. These 9U kids had the most exciting games of the tournament in a best of three game series with the Christian County Cubs. Each game was a one run affair. Another team of note were the Fredonia Girls who made it to the playoffs in their first year. The girls from Fredonia also raised over $1,700 dollars for the event. Other playoff teams included the Barrel Heads who made it to the semifinals, and 2015 champion McCrew. Brian Shemwell, and Bryce Thomas tied for the tourney HR lead with 4.
2017 Youth Movement
August 08, 2017. The 2017 Jake Hodge Tournament raised over $34,000. The surprise of the tournament was the 11U West Kentucky Wildcats who stormed into the playoffs undefeated. These 11 year old's defeated pre-tourney favorite Crittenden Free Press in the semifinals. The Free Press could not overcome the loss of player/coach Denis Hodge who was injured the week leading up to the tournament. The final game was a classic pitching duel in the rain between Fredonia's Craig Wyatt and the Wildcats' Luke Parker. Fredonia would claim the win 1-0 and their first Jake Hodge Championship. MVP went to Fredonia Boys Derrick Perkins and The Bone Collectors star Gordon Dugan was elected the the Little Busch Stadium Hall of Fame. After a few years of coming up short in the playoffs, Fredonia finally broke through with the win.
2016 Squirrel Domination
The 2016 Jake Hodge Tournament raised a record $26,200. The Rally Squirrels dominated the field from start to finish. The Squirrels pounded a tournament record 17 home runs, batted .500 and were 5-0 for the event. Dono McGregor was the MVP batting .706 and hitting 3 home runs. Dono was also masterful on the pitching mound with wins over the Free Press, Fredonia Boys, Bone Collectors, 10U wildcats, and Team Lara. Team Lara threatened in the championship game taking a 4-1 lead into the top of the fifth, but back to back to back home runs by Allen Dixon, Dono, and Brandon Sigler would tie the game. The squirrels would get a home run by Joey East for the win in the top of the 6th inning.
2015 McCrew Wins Big!!
August 14, 2015
A record 15 teams participated and $25,585 dollars were raised at the 2015 Jake Hodge Wiffle Ball Tourney. A new king was crowned as the McCrew defeated the Crittenden Free Press 7-4 in the championship game. MVP Conner McEnaney led the McCrew to the win by pitching a 1-0 gem in the semifinals against the Fredonia Boys and hitting a solo home run for the only run of the game. Denis Hodge and the Free Press came up a little short again this year. The two time defending champion Bone Collectors went 0-2 and could never quite get on track. Playing conditions were tough this year because of extreme weather and problems with new bluegrass sod.
Bone Collectors Repeat
August 18, 2014
The Bone Collectors won their second straight JHF Tournament in convincing fashion. The fundraising set a record with $18,628 raised to support scholarships for the Jake Hodge Foundation. Dan Hodge was named MVP on the strength of his pitching for the Free Press. The former Indiana baseball player shutout the Bone Collectors in pool play for the Collectors first loss in the history of the Jake Hodge Tourney. Former Philadelphia Phillies player Anthony Schuemaker would lead the bone Collectors with 5 home runs for the tournament. The Collectors defeated Team 11 in semifinals 7-2 and the Kings of Crash in the finals 7-1. It would be the second JHF Tourney championship in a row for the big boys from Paducah.
2013 JHF Let The Fun Begin
June 19, 2013
Bone Collectors Win Inaugural Jake Hodge Wiffle Ball Tourney
The Bone Collectors won the 2013 JHF Wiffle Ball Tourney. Over $8,000 was raised in the first year of the event at Little Busch Stadium. The Championship game saw Team 11 (Jake Hodge old travel baseball team) lose 10-4 to the Bone Collectors. Although, Team 11 was the sentimental favorite, Bone Collectors proved to be the superior team in the event. Gordon Dugan won MVP with 12 hits and 5 home runs.