Nearly 400 men and women softball players dedicated their July 9-11 weekend to making a success of the eighth annual Swanson Horrigan Memorial slowpitch softball tournament.

Thirty teams arrived in Washington those days to play some ball at the Ted Alex/Dick Ayer/Joe Martin field complex adjacent, to Washington Primary School.

In the process, while supporting concessions and contributing to raffles, they helped the Horrigan and Swanson families and their friends raise money for the Chris and Brian Swanson Technology Fund and the Tyler Horrigan Scholar-Athlete Fund.

Tyler Horrigan and brothers Brian and Chris Swanson were student-athletes at Shepaug Valley High School who died in 2002 and 2003.

The event is held to the motto of "You play for the love of the game... we play for the love of the boys."

Played with wooden bats, the round-robin and then single-elimination tournament was contested in men's `A', men's `B,' men's `C', fun and coed divisions. At least five women must have been on the field for coed teams.

Emerging from Sunday's title games as the champions were the Kakumbas in the `A' division, YardApes Landscaping in the `B' division, Triple Play Sports Bar in the `C' division, F.J.M./Fleet Carpentry in the coed division and Nothing To Lose in the fun division.

Respective runnersup were the Chemero Group, Daly Express, Cook Street, Green Associates and A.J. Steak & Pizza.

-- Norm Cummings