DECATUR — The Swing for Homes Wiffle Ball Tournament will surpass the $25,000 mark in donations to Habitat for Humanity after Saturday’s third year of the tournament.
Played at the YMCA Sports Complex (formerly Borg Warner), the 12-team wiffle ball tournament is the brainchild of Dwayne Spellman and Zach Dillbeck, who wanted to come up with something for people in Decatur to do and raise money for a good cause.
Swing for Homes vice president Brianne Dillbeck, Zach’s wife, said the Dillbeck family had ties to Ed Smith, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Decatur.
“It started out as a personal conversation and snowballed from there,” Brianne said.
The first year of Swing for Homes, in 2016, raised $5,000. Last year’s event raised $10,000, and Brianne said this year’s event is on pace to surpass last year.
The tournament is similar to last year. Twelve teams, each of which paid an entry fee, play five-inning games in a pool play tournament beginning at 9:30 a.m., with the championship scheduled for 3 p.m. Players can choose to spend $5 for use of a “Big Red Bat,” which gives the hitter a better chance at a hit.
“Those bats are a game-changer,” Brianne said. “It puts a lot of pressure on the person who buys it to get a hit with it.”
There’s also a 50-50 drawing. Swing for Homes is a non-profit organization, and 100 percent of proceeds go toward Habitat for Humanity.
Concessions will be available to spectators, and the action will be broadcast live by Cromwell Radio.
Clarkson Grain dominated the first two tournaments, winning the title in 2016 and 2017.