Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Triple play ends Rocky Johnson Memorial

Holiday softball at Lions Park

Rocky Johnson Memorial women’s MVP Nikki Davis. Courtesy photo

     A rare triple play turned by Cups & Bras shortstop Kasey Jerue finalized Sunday’s first annual Rocky Johnson Memorial slow-pitch softball tournament at Hailey’s Lions Park.

     With Cups & Bras of Hailey leading 9-5 over Mahoney’s of Bellevue in the championship game of the six-team tournament, Jerue gloved a ground ball with runners on first and second and nobody out.

     He tagged the runner attempting to run from second to third, then stepped on second and threw to first base to finish the Cups & Bras victory.

     Mahoney’s finished second and the Fanatics of Hailey placed third. Other teams in the two-day tournament were Silver Dollar/Andrus Electric of Hailey, Maniacs of Twin Falls and Misfits of Twin Falls.

     Jerue earned male Most Valuable Player honors, while Nikki Davis was female MVP.

     Tournament organizer Jeff Poggi said, “It was an awesome weekend.” Money raised will go to help build a second softball field at Lions Park, he said.

     Bellevue resident Roderick “Rocky” Johnson, 58, died April 17, 2011 in Ketchum after a one-year battle with leukemia. A native of Baker, Ore., Johnson graduated from Weiser High School in 1972 and last worked as an electrician. He lived in the Wood River Valley from 1978 until his death.

     Johnson’s passion was softball. He played the game and coached women’s softball and his beloved Balltrappers for more than 25 years.



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