Ding-A-Lings set for annual tourney
TribLIVE Sports Videos
And maybe traveling farther than ever.
The 37th annual Ding-A-Ling softball tournament is this weekend in Yatesboro and a team is traveling from from Hilton Head, S.C., a trip that is nearly 750 miles (one way), to add their names to the long history of the tourney.
"They heard about our tournament and wanted to try it," Ding-A-Lings member Red Polinsky said. "One of the guys used to live here and he is going to bring some friends here. And I hear they are pretty good."
What attracts teams from such a great distance is Polinsky and his Dings put together maybe one of the most detailed tournaments with records of just about anything one could think of - including on base percentage.
"We still have the first scorecard back in 1968," Polinsky said. "Everybody who has batted, we have it."
Another team is coming from Steubenville, Ohio, but most come from around Western Pennsylvania including a dynasty from the late 1980s that is making a return trip to this year's summer classic.
Armstrong Auto won the tourney twice and took four second place finishes in a six year span from 1985 to 1990.
Also disc jockey Big Moose of Q102 in DuBois will be broadcasting live at the tournament on Sunday morning.
The Dings use the softball tournament as their major fundraiser for the year and they do give back to the community.
This year, the organization will hand out three scholarships to West Shamokin students. Kayla Kirkpatrick, Justin Stewart and Tyler Altmeyer will be honored before the noon game on Sunday.
The 30-member club also donates money to other youth sport organizations in the Rural Valley area.
The group has also donated money to Allison McCullough to go play softball 'down under' in Australia.
"We try to help out everybody," Polinsky said. "A lot of good has come out of it."
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Concert aims to heal wounds of Armstrong veterans
- Grant helps Armstrong agency provide cribs to needy families
- Armstrong fire departments sharpen river rescue skills
- 2B Walker, Pirates smash through Tigers pitching in road victory
- Rossi: Wild Wednesday proves Steelers rule
- Penguins get their man in making trade with Toronto for Kessel
- Penguins notebook: Rutherford proves savvy in deal
- Starkey: Rutherford hits jackpot with Kessel
- Pirates notebook: Cole cool about hostile comment
- W. Elizabeth mulls cost of new garage
- Gameday: Pirates at Tigers, July 2, 2015