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BATTER UP—Never one to shy away from a challenge, Tiffany Coleman-Dade, stares down the pitcher during her first at-bat. Photo by Stan Schwartz

Teams played over two days last weekend

BOWLING GREEN—The first KD Slow Pitch Softball Tournament finished up on Sunday at the Bowling Green City Park ball fields. Fourteen teams competed over two days—Saturday and Sunday to help raise funds for scholarships in Kaleo Dade’s name.

Kaleo would have graduated from Bowling Green High School this year, but died in a car crash after hitting a deer March 22. The crash severely injured 17-year-old Kyle Horner, as well.

Friends, family and much of the community wanted to honor Kaleo and continue his legacy by creating a softball tournament, which would be played annually. Money raised by the tournament would be used to fund local scholarships. 

Tiffany Coleman-Dade, Kaleo’s Mom, said she was overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from the community at the first fundraiser softball tournament in Bowling Green’s City Park ball fields.

Fourteen teams signed up for the two-day, slow-pitch softball tournament to help.

When asked about what she thought of the turnout for the tournament, Tiffany said, “It’s been amazing, especially for our first tournament.

“I couldn’t have asked for anything better. Everyone coming out here—my friends, (Kaleo’s) friends, teachers, and family—we are so blessed.”

She put her hand over her heart, saying she wanted to thank all those who had donated their time and effort to get this first tournament going. People had also donated items for a silent auction and members of Tiffany’s family were running the concession stand, providing hamburgers, hotdogs, and other food items to the many teams that gathered to play ball and the large crowd who came to watch the teams play during the day.

“This community has truly blessed us,” she said.

She noted that she and Kaleo had talked about creating scholarships when he was first deciding where to go to college.

“He told me, ‘You know when I make it big, Mom, I’m going to come back here and create scholarships for kids like me.’”

Money raised from other fundraisers has already been used to grant two scholarships, Tiffany said.

The first two teams to play were Money Mart versus Toolbelts and (expletive deleted). Matt Boehlein of Louisiana was the umpire. Even though Money Mart won the first game 20 to 3, neither team made it to the top three.

The three teams that did win were: First place, Easier Said than Run, second place, the Taterbugz, and third place, the Softball Junkies.

Tiffany said three family teams signed up for the tournament. One was her team, KD’s Crew, the Taterbugz, and one of her cousins fielded the Nonaboos.

“And Taterbugz is actually a family name,” she said. “My aunt, my uncle, and cousins were all on that team. With three family teams, one of us had to make it to the final three.

“We’re already working on next year’s tournament,” she said. Normally, she noted, tournaments have between eight and 10 teams. Having 14 teams the first time out was amazing.

Amanda Hendricks said her husband, Adrian, and Boehlein have known Tiffany for years and worked with her to see this tournament come to life.

“We all stuck together and became pretty good friends over the years,” Amanda said. “The softball community is pretty tight. You see everyone at all the tournaments in the league. It becomes a big family.”

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