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Northwoods Spotlight: Softball on Ice Submitted: 02/20/2013
ARBOR VITAE - Spring training is going strong in Arizona and Florida, but that's not the only place to swing a bat in February. Marisa Silvas caught up with some folks playing softball on a frozen lake. "People truly look forward to this," says Nick MacDonald - Charity Softball Organizer. Softball in the snow. Not your typical winter activity. But one that brought a big group out to Arbor Vitae to give it a try.

MacDonald adds, "You have people out here that play softball once a year and this is the tournament they do it." " It's the first time I've seen softball played on the ice," adds Logan Murphy - a Lakeland Junior who was an umpire at the event. Playing on a frozen lake does provide some challenges. Jesse Anderson, one of the players explains, "It's more difficult on the snow. It's a different set of rules. It's like running in beach sand." The event isn't just about the love of the game. It's also hitting a home run for charity. Slo's Pub Owner Sue Slominski says, "The money goes for Cruisin For a Cause, which is a benefit for Angel on my Shoulder. So we try to do these added events to contribute to that." This was the third year of the tournament, and they raised a record $1650.


Story By: Marisa Silvas

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