El Dorado Lawmen host 36-team tourney
Lawmen with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office will trade in their billy clubs for bats on July 19-21 for the the El Dorado Lawmen Softball Club’s 22nd annual Summer Classic softball tournament.
The annual tournament will host 36 teams from as far away as Arizona, Los Angeles and Mount Shasta.
In addition to the three-day tournament, the teams are invited to a home run contest, barbecue and — yes, even policemen can have fun — a family-style party.
Hot dogs, sausages, bratwurst, beer and soft drinks will be available as well as softball equipment from a mobile retail store.
At 4 p.m. on June 19 the contest will begin at Zephyr Cove Park with a pitching contest, followed by a base hit contest where contestants have to hit through crime scene tape strategically placed on the field.
The home run contest, the final event, will take place using “souped-up” balls that go a little further then the average softball.
“Balls will be getting out of the park in a hurry,” said Jeff Leikauf, a deputy with the sheriff’s department and Lawmen team manager. “It’s going to be a really good show. All these guys are extremely good athletes … A lot of these guys are pretty big and can hit the ball a long ways.”
Tournament play begins on June 20. The A bracket championship will take place at Zephyr Cove Park and the B bracket championship will take place at South Tahoe Middle School. Both games are at 4 p.m. on Sunday.