Co-Ed Softball Boosts Renee Robinson Scholarship Fund
Updated: Sep 11, 2019
Two Watertown teams, Team Elite and Gold Star, had slugged it out and matched good defense in a steady and sometimes driving rain in what proved to be the final game of the Renee Robinson Memorial Co-Ed Softball Tournament at Monnet Park on Saturday evening.
The tournament was hosted by the Ogdensburg Women's Softball League to raise money for the Renee Robinson Memorial Scholarship at Lisbon Central School which remembers the longtime LCS softball coach who unexpectedly passed away much soon shortly after the beginning of preseason practice in 2017.
But moments after Team Elite had secured the title and an undefeated day a magnificent rainbow cut its way through the cloud cover.
"She's here" yelled Jocelyn Fifield who was keeping a scorebook.
Renee Robinson's spirit and extreme love for the game of the softball was definitely there and she would have loved the way Team Extreme and Gold Star executed at the plate and in the field and throughly enjoyed the opportunity to play despite the weather.
"It was a great tournament. We had nine teams and the games went all day and we finished ahead of schedule despite the rain," said Tournament Director Sherry Deloney after presenting the Renee Robinson Tournament Championship plaque to Team Elite for a photo opp. The plaque hangs at Lisbon Central School except for tournament day.
"When we got here the field was all mud and a mess but we got it in shape. We raised $600 just from the entry fees and we raised other money through donations and a 50/50 raffle."
Renee's mother, longtime local softball player Mary Lou Robinson, was on hand for the presentation and expressed her gratitude to the tournament volunteers and the two teams.
"I really want to thank Sherry Deloney, Jerod McDonald and the other people who ran the tournament. It was a great day and I could watch these two teams play all day. They really hit and fielded the ball very well," said Mary Lou Robinson who threw out the first pitch of the tournament at 8 a.m. and then supported her son's Madrid-Waddington Boys Soccer team at the M-W Dan Rose Memorial Play Day, went to Massena for the weigh-in of pro bass tournament where her grandson Tyler Robinson competed and then cycled back to Monnet Park for the tournament finale.
"It was a long day but I loved it," she added.