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30th annual Geno Linarez Memorial softball tourney this weekend in Auburn

By: Nick Pecoraro
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AUBURN– The Auburn Recreation District is once again hosting the annual Geno Linarez Memorial softball tournament at Beggs Field this weekend.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the local event, which benefits low-income families and help children participate in the ARD sports and programs.

ARD Sports Director Jerry Fisher, who's run the tournament for nearly two decades, says the goal is always to “find a way for the kids to play.”

The 12-team tournament draws teams from all over Northern California, including from as far as Placerville, the Bay Area and Sparks, Nevada. Tournament play begins Friday evening and goes through Sunday. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the weekend will go toward the Youth fund.

One big highlight of the event is the home run derby-style contest. Whoever hits the most home runs throughout the course of the tournament will receive a plaque and be named “Ms. October”.

“It’s a very family friendly event,” said volunteer Stacy Linton, who has participated in the event for nearly 12 years. Her two children, Brenna and Tyler, were once beneficiaries of the event’s generous donations.

“We have 12 teams and they all bring their families,” said Linton. “The people, the atmosphere; all of the above… Absolutely amazing.”

Several local business have donated prizes for a raffle throughout the weekend, including Black Oak Golf Course, Laughs Unlimited, Shakeology and Atlantis Reno.

Three games are scheduled Friday, beginning at 6:45 p.m. Saturday play begins at 8 a.m. and will continue throughout the day. Sunday wraps up the tournament beginning at 8 a.m. with the championship game scheduled for 4:40 p.m.

For more information, contact Jerry Fisher, ARD Sports Coordinator at 530-863-4612 or jfish@auburnrec.com. You can also visit the Ms. October Facebook page.