Gay Softball Community Points to Portland This Weekend
August is routinely the time of year when teams are finishing final preparations to compete at the Gay Softball World Series, but with the GSWS moved back 5 weeks later this year it has given August tournaments the spotlight they rightly deserve.
With that theme in mind, enter the Portland Cup this weekend in the Rose City of Portland, Oregon. With three divisions of play and 36 teams Oregon’s largest city will provide teams with sparkling fields and a chance to polish their skills heading into September.
Seven NAGAAA member cities will be represented from up and down the West coast of the United States and Canada. All players will be treated to a great weekend of fun on and off the field. The tournament will kick off with its “Pitchers” & “Catchers” Registration Party at Scandals from 6 pm to 10 pm on Friday night. Saturday night, CC Slaughters will host the 3rd Base Dance Party for those looking to sweat a bit off the field. The weekend will wind down with a Closing Party BBQ Party at the Eagle on Sunday after the championship games.
Each game will feature a one umpire set up and each team is guaranteed 4 games in the tournament. A unique twist during the weekend will be the Home Run Derby & Skills Shootout that will be held between pool play and double elimination games. Each team will put forth one representative to compete and players will only compete against other divisional players in the event.
It’s worth noting that the Portland Cup has worked hard to put a B division tournament together and it will be the 2nd tournament in August to host a B division tourney after Knoxville pulled one off during its tournament the first weekend in August. Several World Series bound teams will be competing in Portland and the DD will be keeping tabs on all the goings on surrounding this great tournament in the Pacific Northwest in a few days!
*Thanks to Geoff Wright, Portland Cup tournament director for his help with this article.*