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Recapping Corky’s

Wisconsin Comatose, Corky's Early Bird, softball, owatonna, 2024
Wisconsin’s Comatose/S2N/Monsta stand with their Corky’s Early Bird Softball Classic champions banner after winning the open division championship. Staff photo by Jonny Clubb
Johnnie Phillips, Sports Editor

Corky’s Early Bird Softball Classic wrapped up its 44th annual tournament last weekend, crowning five more teams as division champions in one of softball’s largest tournaments.

Spectators at the Steele County Fairgrounds enjoyed a mix of softball, fair foods, and a large, tented bar to make the first weekend in May one to remember.

The rain tried to make an appearance at times, but games were still played all three days with Sunday’s championship aking place right on cue for the open division title matchup at 10:30 a.m.

Winning this year’s open division was some out-of-state talent, as Wisconsin’s Comatose/S2N/Monsta squad beat Texas 5 Sports 26-22 in game two after falling 25-29 in the first game of the series.

Following the open division was the C-Division championship, where Iowa’s Modde Meats beat Russell’s Paint & Body from Florida in two games.

The D-Division was owned by Wisconsin’s YG/Shirts N Logos, who beat fellow Wisconsin team White Pig Tavern 14-1 to take home the title and the last playoff berth.

Rounding out the tournament was the E-Division/Recreational bracket, where South Dakota’s Head Hunters beat Nebraska’s Floor Co. 14-4 and 19-7 to win the title.

According to a Facebook post by tournament director Loren Dietz, the stands at the fairground ballparks were packed with spectators lining up along the outfield wall in lawn chairs to catch all the action.

Official numbers on the final charitable donations and revenue generated from Corky’s had not been shared as of the time of publication.

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