With the holiday season approaching, many throughout the Midcoast were in the giving spirit Nov. 10-11 in a pair of benefit softball tournaments to aid Steve Nason of Union.

The 40-year-old Nason recently fell at this home, hit his head and has been in the hospital in intensive care since that time.

The two slow-pitch, coed tournaments raised $1,786 for Nason, who has played in the Camden-Rockport Adult Coed Softball League and plays in the Waldoboro Adult Coed Softball League and plays and coaches in the Rockland Men's Softball League at the Elks Lodge on Rankin Street.

The Rockland tournament was one-pitch, while the Waldoboro tournament was traditional. Both tournaments were comprised of seven-inning games.

The fundraiser climbed to more than $1,800, however, thanks to other contributions such as bake sales and raffle tickets. Ten teams combined to take the field over the weekend in the two benefit tournaments, while two squads that could not attend also made donations.

"We all know how much Steve enjoys playing softball and is a friend to everyone," said Greg Knight, one of the tourney organizers. "Lots of hugs and some tears going around as we all hope he makes a full recovery so he can be with us out there playing as well."

"We would like to thank everyone who participated, contributed baked goods for sale and all of the contributions from teams who could not play," said Elizabeth Wedge, also a tourney coordinator. "These funds will be extremely helpful for Steve’s family throughout his long recovery process."

The first tournament, run by Lee Smith, Elizabeth Wedge and Lenny Wedge (mother and son), was played in Waldoboro and had three teams participate: Knox County Benchwarmers, Bench Jockeys and Hatch Well Drillers, all teams from the Waldoboro Adult Coed Softball League.

The second tournament, run by Knight and Graham Leavitt, was played in Rockland and had seven teams participate: Lenny Wedge, Chris Wellman, Mid-Knight Auto, Jason Kirk, Knox County Benchwarmers, Jeremy Proctor and Maine's All-Stars.

Maine's All-Stars prevailed over Chris Wellman in the finals of the Rockland tournamen, while the Knox County Benchwarmers and the Bench Jockeys ended Waldoboro's tournament in a 10-10 tie in the sixth inning.

Nason has a fiancee, Christy Roman. Nason and Roman have four children.

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