A little rain gave a late start but did not dampen the spirits of the teams that participated in the third annual 2004 Buffalo Island Relay for Life softball tournament. The tournament was held at the Manila ballpark and was sponsored by the "Nifty Fifties" Relay for Life team. The event raised over $1,500.
"We appreciate all of the men and women that participated," Brenda Matheny said. "We had a lot of volunteers keeping score and umpiring the games that helped make tournament a success. We also appreciate the fans that attended. Several people made donations at the gate."
In the ladies competition teams included Clark's Auto, Fumble Bees, Lady Troopers and Big Lake.
Men's teams included Paxton Garage, Qualls Farms, Temp Plus, Southworth and Roy's Boys.
The Lady Troopers took first place with Clark's Auto runner-ups. In the men's division Tempts Plus won first place with Thaxton Garage runner-ups.
The first place teams received a team trophy and individual tee-shirts. Second place winners received trophies.
The games began on Saturday morning due to Friday evening rain-outs.
The tournament was a double elimination. The women's teams started at 9 a.m. with Clark's Auto defeating the Fumble Bees. The Lady Troopers won the second game against Big Lake. Clark's Auto defeated the Lady Troopers. Coming up from the Loosing bracket the Fumble Bees defeated Big Lake and fell to the Lady Troopers. The Lady Troopers won two games against Clark's Auto to take the first place trophy.
The men's games started at 11 a.m. with Temps Plus defeating Qualls' Farms. Southworth defeated Roy's Boys the second game and Thaxton Garage defeated Temp's Plus to end the third game.
Coming up from the Looser's bracket for game four and five, Qualls Farms defeated Roy's Boys and Temps Plus defeated Qualls' Farms. Thaxton Garage defeated Southworth. Tempt's Plus defeated Southworth to play in the semi-finals. Temp Plus defeated Thaxton two games to take the championship.