WARREN, Pa. – Back and better than ever.
Technically, the Terry F. Ristau Memorial Industrial Softball Tournament never left, but it was severely limited in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That will not be the case this year, as it’s back in full swing for its 42nd edition Friday through Sunday (Aug. 20-22) at Betts Park.
“Excited for this event as always,” said John Papalia of the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry. “This year we’re going back to a full-scale event, not limiting the number of teams or anything.”
By full scale, that means all four brackets – Men’s Co-Ed and Industry and Men’s and Co-Ed Open. Games will be held at Brown, Foley and Betts Field at Betts Park, as well as Whirley Field, and Fireman and Legion Fields in Russell.
“I always say the feel that Betts Park has that time of year, it’s almost like a county-wide company picnic,” Papalia said. “You have people down there with tents, playing ball, people out watching. It’s a staple of Warren County and a big part of our summer.”
The top three teams in each bracket will receive a trophy and charity prize money.
“We’re really excited for it to go off full scale this year,” Papalia said.
Questions about the tournament can be directed to Papalia at the WCCBI by phone (814-723-3050) or [email protected]
Like most events this summer, the anticipation is high, particularly since the pandemic restrictions have been lifted.
“One thing I’ve noticed with some of the events we’ve done this year is that people are just so excited to get back together,” Papalia said. “And something like industrial softball really brings people together for some fun.”