The Sun City Softball Club and Veterans Association hosted a softball tournament May 26 to raise money for the Wounded Warriors program. The Sun City travel softball team--twice national champions and recent winners of the ISSA Myrtle Beach 60 AA tournament-- competed against a team of active duty Marines from Parris Island and a team from the Army's Third Infantry Division-Aviation Brigade. More than 1,000 people turned out to watch the game at Sun City.
Members of Savannah Theatre sang the national anthem, bagpiper Tony Burke played military anthems and the 165th Airlift Wing of the Georgia National Guard treated the crowd to a flyover by a C-130. The Sun City Color Guard posted the colors. Proceeds from hot dog and poppy sales went to the Wounded Warrior Project.
"The Salute to Soldiers was a tremendous success on a number of levels," said Sun City travel team coach Ross Glatzer. "First, our players and fans were all touched that these soldiers --many of whom brought their families to the games-- are serving their country and often in harm's way. Most were Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and some of them were waiting to be deployed again."
Each soldier received an ovation as the players were introduced.
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The Sun City softball team lost to the Marines 9-3, but beat the Army Third Infantry Division team 23-9. Sun City sluggers Don Feldkamp and Dennis Jackson combined for 9 RBIs, including a home run by Feldkamp. Mike Coriale was the winning pitcher. Dean Waters and Ken Abshier contributed a combined seven hits to the victory.