Wiffleball tourney turns 9 on MondayThe annual Memorial Day Wiffleball Tournament, now its ninth year, will again be played in Cloquet all day on Monday.
The annual Memorial Day Wiffleball Tournament, now its ninth year, will again be played in Cloquet all day on Monday.
The traditional event, created by Cloquet Wiffleball Hall of Famer Tyler Korby in 2005, will be host to 36 teams and more than 140 participants at Peterson Park off Heather Avenue in Cloquet’s Erickson Acres neighborhood.
Games begin with pool play at 8 a.m. and end with the championship game scheduled near dinner time. More than 50 games on the three-field complex are set, including a full day of action for elementary-aged children up to college graduates.
Cloquet’s B&B Market is again the major sponsor for the tournament, as all participants get team T-shirts and food with their entry fee. B&B will be cooking for anyone, for a price.
Korby, 26, the oldest player in the tournament, passed his event directing duties to good friend and next-door neighbor Eric Peterson several years ago. According to Peterson, he began receiving questions for this year’s tournament in early March.
“There’s nothing better than having a little kid come up to me and ask to play in the wiffleball tournament,” said Peterson, a Cloquet senior and varsity baseball second baseman. “Every year this seems to get bigger and bigger. This all has been — and always will be — for the kids.
“Hopefully one day I can pass it on down