Softball tournament to raise imaging funds

The 7th Annual Saved by Second Base Softball Tournament will be held on Saturday, July 21, at Memorial Park in Grass Valley. 

So far six teams have signed up for the tournament, which has raised $40,000 for low-cost and no-charge mammograms for Nevada County women.

“We encourage teams to get sponsors and go beyond,” said Ronnie Warmerdam, a breast cancer survivor and director of the SB2B.

Teams pay $250 to register for the tournament, which will have raffles, a live auction and prizes for contests like the “double-double,” which is awarded when players hit a double. 

New at this year’s tournament is the “Battle Board.” For $25, a person can put the name of a loved one who either survived cancer or perished from it on the board. Businesses can get involved by sponsoring, volunteering, donating raffle prizes or getting involved with marketing opportunities like purchasing banners on the fence for $25 or getting a logo on the tournament shirt. 

Volunteers are needed to work three-hour shifts at the day-long tournament. 

The Western Nevada County Slow Pitch Softball Association, the Insight Imaging staff and Warmerdam and her family are holding the tournament. The Tapestry Network of Nevada County, M3 Mall’s Royal Court and the Friendship Club are among the team’s that will be in the tournament. All proceeds will be donated to the SB2B fund at Insight Imaging to offset costs of mammography and breast ultrasounds. 

For more information, email or or visit the tournament’s Facebook page.

About the photo:

Melisa Mistler, owner of M3 Mall and a SB2B volunteer, Ronnie Warmerdam, SB2B director, and Dr Melisa Agness, a radiologist at Insight Imaging in Grass Valley, at last year’s Second Base Softball Tournament at Memorial Park. 

Photo courtesy of M3 Mall