Fifth annual Memorial Day Wiffleball Tournament set for Monday in CloquetCLOQUET, Minn. – Wiffleball is a game to which many can relate.
By: Pine Journal, Pine Journal
CLOQUET, Minn. – Wiffleball is a game to which many can relate. It’s a classic backyard sport for people of all ages that involves a plastic bat, a plastic ball and a whole lot of fun.
And every Memorial Day in Cloquet, there's plenty of fun to be had playing wiffleball.
Give that credit to Tyler Korby.
Over the last five years Korby has turned the fun backyard game into a well-known community event, as Monday, May 25, will mark the fifth Annual Memorial Day Wiffleball Tournament.
This year’s event will be played at the Peterson Park Wiffleball Complex in Ericson Acres on Heather Avenue just off North Cloquet Road. The all-day tournament inviting more than 100 of the best wiffleball players on 28 teams is scheduled to kick off at all three diamonds – Peterson Park, Peterson Polo Grounds and Kaproth Field – with pool play at 8 a.m. and conclude with the championship game around dinner time.
B&B Market will again be the major sponsor for the tournament throughout the day – along with a number of other local supporting businesses – providing jerseys and food for all of the players. B&B Market will also be selling food and people are encouraged to swing by, buy something to eat and enjoy the fun.
“Win or lose, playing wiffleball is fun and that’s what this tournament is all about," said Korby, who was inducted into the Wiffle Hall of Fame in 2003 for his development of the game in the Cloquet community “It’s just so nice to see smiles on everyone’s faces when they are out there playing. This tournament is just really a good time.”
The good times have brought the community together every such Memorial Day as they event usually draws fans in the hundreds.
“This tournament is something very special to the town of Cloquet,” said Korby. “If weren’t for the players, friends, families and businesses, none of this would be possible. This tournament is truly for the community.”