A young Union City player drives a hit at the Dylan Williams Memorial Baseball Tournament. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Dylan Williams Memorial Tournament a success

Union City's Dylan Williams Memorial Park host 17 teams to the 9th Annual Dylan Williams Memorial Tournament

UNION CITY, Ind. – The Dylan Williams Memorial Baseball Tournament rebounded from a Friday night washout with a packed Saturday and Sunday schedule with 17 teams taking to the Dylan Williams Memorial Park diamonds in Union City, Ind.

Raising funds for life-saving AED’s while striving to expand CPR and AED training to save lives is the mission of the Dylan Williams Forever an All Star Foundation.

“The winner of each age division will get an AED, a storage case to mount on the wall, extra pads, carry case and the whole works,” said Erick Williams.

The foundation has donated 130 AED’s over the past nine years with each having a value of $2,500.

Nearly three million kids play baseball or softball each year, yet mostly due to cost, many non-profit youth leagues or community ball parks are not able to be equipped with an AED. Dylan Williams Forever an All Star Foundation was created to promote awareness of the importance of CPR training and to raise money to donate AEDs to youth ballparks & athletic fields.

The weekend event hosted 8U, 10U and 12U boys baseball teams from around the area.

“First of all I want to thank my wife Georgiana,” Williams said. “She puts up with me for a couple weeks leading up to this.”

First year tournament director, Matt Oswalt volunteered to help his longtime friend with the weekend event.

“Matt stepped in this year as the tournament director for me to take that burden off of me,” noted Williams.

“Erick kind of got in a little bit of a spot and needed some help,” Oswalt said. “We went to school together and have known each other since 1978. I was glad to help a good friend.”

Williams also thanked the Union City Baseball/Softball Boosters and the many corporate sponsors.

“The boosters, a small group of us help me with anything I need,” said Williams. “We can’t do it without our corporate sponsors and then I want to thank the teams and towns that have come here – they make it possible by paying an entry fee. We don’t charge a gate fee or charge to park.”

“It’s our small group that works the concession stand but they are dependable,” Williams conclude. “They get the job done.”

Portland took the first place 8U trophy with Ansonia finishing second. In the 10U, Greenville 9U won first place and Greenville 10U finished second. Union City All Stars earned the 12U first place trophy with second place going to Ansonia.

Erick Williams and childhood friend, Matt Oswalt share a moment at the Dylan Williams Memorial Tournament. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Dylan Williams Memorial Park, Union City, Indiana. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Union City player makes a throw to first in the team's tournament game at Dylan Williams Memorial Tournament. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Weekend Dylan Williams Memorial Tournament, Union City, Ind. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Dylan Williams Memorial Tournament sponsors. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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