Ben Hammond Softball Tournament Wildly Successful

By: Louis Montesi, III
By: Louis Montesi, III

WTOK brought viewers the story of Ben Hammond, a 13-year-old Southeast Lauderdale student who was killed in a tractor accident in February.

Five months later, Hammond is being remembered with a first-annual benefit softball tournament. Hundreds of people flocked to Sammy Davidson park Saturday for a massive competition that will help build a scholarship in Ben's name.

The money will go to a Southeast Lauderdale high school student wishing to attend Mississippi State University, the school that Ben loved and cheered for all his life. Ben's great aunt Peggy Keller described the response as "tremendous".

"We are just overwhlemed with the response," said Keller. "We've had donations. We've had people playing. As a matter of fact, we almost thought we were going to have to put a limit on the number of teams, because so many people were calling and wanting to be a part of it.

"We had t-shirts. We're sold out of t-shirts and having to take orders, so it's just tremendous."

Keller expects it will take a few years to build the money needed to establish the scholarship.


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