Benefit softball tournament supporting fallen Scott Co. deputy’s family to be held this weekend
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - An outpouring of love continues two weeks after a scott county deputy was killed in the line of duty.
The support doesn’t just stop at cards and donations rolling into the sheriff’s office.
This weekend it’s coming in the form of a benefit softball tournament, and an officer from a different law enforcement agency is stepping up to help out.
In a few days, 30 teams from West Virginia to Kentucky will make their way to Georgetown to fill Marshall Park.
“I was sitting at home night, and I got with Jason. Then we just got this going,” said benefit tournament organizer Jesse Martin.
Martin lives in Winchester. He’s never put on a softball tournament, especially one of this size, before. However, when he heard that Scott County Sheriff’s Deputy Caleb Conley was killed in the line of duty, he felt called to do something.
“He had two little kids that aren’t going to see Dad anymore,” said Martin. “I lost my dad 12 years ago, and there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t wish I could see him, and I’m 52 now.”
So within two weeks, Martin and his friend Jason Stolz organized the benefit tournament for Saturday and Sunday. Now they’re expecting hundreds out here.
“I was absolutely surprised by the overwhelming outpouring of support outside of the softball community. But being a part of the softball community for a while now, that was not a shock to see those coaches and teams reach out and want to be a part of it,” said Bluegrass Army Depot Police Officer Jason Stolz.
Because this weekend, players will have much more than just winning a game on their minds.
“This tournament is for a different reason,” said Stolz.
They will also be selling t-shirts and snowy ice and taking donations on-site, with all the money raised going to Deputy Conley’s family.
The opening ceremony will start at 8:50 saturday morning.
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