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MPIAA holds annual 100-inning softball game

| Monday, May 20, 2013, 1:41 a.m.
Marilyn Forbes | For the Daily Courier
Acme's Emma Leechalk, 7, gets ready to bat during the MPIAA's annual 100-inning softball game, which was held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Frick Park in Mt. Pleasant.

Blessed with a sunny day for the third year in a row, the Mt. Pleasant Independent Athletic Association held its annual 100-inning softball game and fundraiser day, with players, families and community residents turning out to enjoy the event in Frick Park.

The game ended at 2:04 a.m., with the home team winning, 101-99.

“This is the one big fundraising event that we have,” MPIAA president Ed Malone said. “It's a fun day for the girls, and it's also a fun way for us to make some money for the league.”

The first 100-inning game was held two years ago to mark a special milestone for the league.

“We held the first one to celebrate our 40th anniversary,” Malone said. “That went over so well that we thought we'd make it an annual event.”

The MPIAA league comprises 20 teams, with 211 players signed up to play on teams in different age levels.

“Some of these girls start early and play through until they are no longer eligible to play,” Malone said.

In addition to dozens of girls from Mt. Pleasant and the surrounding areas who play in the league, Malone said that several parents and family members also volunteer to help with coaching and fundraising.

“We decided to get more involved this year, so we are helping to coach,” Krista Kaczperski of Mt. Pleasant said. (Kaczperski's husband Kenny serves as a coach). “It's a great thing for the girls to do, and everyone enjoys it.”

The money that is raised from the event will go back in the league's general fund and also will be used to help with the cost of the all-star players and teams who will be traveling later in the summer.

“This is such a nice day,” Mt. Pleasant resident Dan Marker said. “We come over every year and watch. Our daughter played many years ago, and she always enjoyed it and made a lot of friends.”

Malone said that the league not only offers the girls the opportunity to play ball, but it also opens up several avenues of interaction and education.

“This is a great way for the girls to learn the sport, but it also offers them the chance to get out and meet other girls,” Malone said. “It offers camaraderie while also really giving them the chance to learn the game. It's slower-moving, so they learn to concentrate on what to do.”

“This is such a great day for these kids and for everyone,” Kaczperski said. “I'm really glad that they do this.”

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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