State Wiffle Ball tournament set for this weekend in Smithfield

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SMITHFIELD — The In It To Win It team from Johnston County is seeking challengers in defending its championship in the 27th annual North Carolina Wiffle Ball Tournament.

The venue will again be the Smithfield Community Park for the tournament scheduled for the weekend of July 15-16.

The tournament usually attracts from 16-25 four-player teams. Last year, In It To Win It conquered 2015 champion G-Nats for their first championship.

The entry fee for the four-on-four competition will be $80. Bats, balls and umpires will be provided.

Individual trophies for members of the championship and runner-up team will be awarded. Also collecting hardware will be the most valuable player and members of the all-tournament team.

The tournament originated in 1982 as the Kenly Wiffle Ball Tournament and was declared the state tourney in 1989. The Smithfield event is believed to be the second-oldest Wiffle Ball tournament in the world, trailing only the World Wiffle Ball Championship of Skokie, Illinois, which began in 1980.

For more information or to enter the tournament, visit www.ncwiffleball.weebly.com or contact tournament director Jeff Davis at 919 915-2280.