Dylan Williams Memorial donates


By Gaylen Blosser - DarkeCountyMedia.com



A Greenville pitcher takes a turn on the mound at the Dylan Williams Memorial baseball tournament.

A Greenville pitcher takes a turn on the mound at the Dylan Williams Memorial baseball tournament.


A Union City player makes a throw in weekend tournament play.


A Union City baserunner dives safely home in the city’s weekend baseball tournament.


A Greenville infielder makes a play on a Union City player in a Saturday tournament game at Union City.


An Ansonia infielder makes a catch for his team at the Union City Dylan Williams Memorial.


A Union City player hits a homer over the fence at the 6th Annual Dylan Williams Memorial Tournament in Union City.


A Union City hitter gets a high five from his coach rounding third following a home run.


An Ansonia batter knocks a hit at Union City weekend Dylan Williams Memorial tournament.


Greenville collects a hit in the teams tournament game at Union City.


A Greenville batter gets a hit in the weekend Dylan Williams Memorial in Union City.


A Greenville batter takes a swing at the weekend tournament in Union City.


Ansonia coach Kyle Lehman colors his hair bright orange to pay off a bet he lost to his team the previous week when they won their Ansonia tournament


An Ansonia baseball player drills a homer over the fence at the 6th Annual Dylan Williams Memorial Tournament.


An Ansonia gets a high five from his coach rounding third after knocking a homerun over the fence.


An Ansonia pitcher gets ready to throw a pitch at the Dylan Williams Memorial tournament.


UNION CITY, IN – Union City hosted the sixth annual Dylan Williams Memorial Baseball Tournament with 21-teams from two states taking to the diamonds for the three day weekend tournament made up of 8-U, 10U and 12U teams.

“All of the money goes to the Dylan Williams Foundation,” said tournament director Scott Reagan. “We give away three AEs, one to each one of the winning teams which they can distribute. If they already have an AED at their school or their ball diamonds, they can pick where they want to put the one that they win.”

The three winning baseball teams receive an automated external defibrillator (AED) from the Dylan Williams Forever and All-Star Foundation valued at $2,500 each.

According to the American Heart Association, if an AED is available a patient has a 90 percent chance at survival if used within the first minute of a cardiac arrest. Survival rate decreases by up to 10 percent each minute after that.

The Ansonia 10U team coaches, Jason Taylor and Kyle Lehman were in the coaching boxes noticeably with bright orange hair as a result of a loss bet the week before at the 27th Annual Ansonia Boys All-Star Baseball Tournament.

“Last weekend at our All-Star Tournament, the coaches bet the players that if they won the championship game in one shot that coaches would have to dye their hair orange,” said Coach Tylor, “so we held up our end of the bet.”

The Greenville Citizens Baseball League (GCBL) brought five teams to the weekend tournament in support of the Union City baseball program and the Williams family.

“It is for a good cause,” said GCBL Commissioner Ryan Delk. “They do great things over here with the Dylan Williams Foundation. It is great that we can came over and be represented by the five teams. It says a lot for our respect we have for them and the kind of tournament they run. We are always willing to help the Williams family and the foundation.”

“Union City sends a lot to the Greenville tournaments,” Delk added. “A couple years ago they came and used our facilities because of some rain issues over here, so we work well together. We’re all in it for the kids and for the right reasons – that’s what makes it great.”

“We help out the foundation and ballpark,” said concession stand manager Mike Richards. “The Union City Baseball/Softball Booster run the concession stand. It helps support the program here.”

“The community helps,” Reagan said. “You can see by how many sponsors we have – the community really comes together.”

“We have given away close to 100 AED’s now,” concluded Reagan, “so we have definitely made an impact.”

A Greenville pitcher takes a turn on the mound at the Dylan Williams Memorial baseball tournament.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_IMG_2295.jpgA Greenville pitcher takes a turn on the mound at the Dylan Williams Memorial baseball tournament.

A Union City player makes a throw in weekend tournament play.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_IMG_2532.jpgA Union City player makes a throw in weekend tournament play.

A Union City baserunner dives safely home in the city’s weekend baseball tournament.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_IMG_2619.jpgA Union City baserunner dives safely home in the city’s weekend baseball tournament.

A Greenville infielder makes a play on a Union City player in a Saturday tournament game at Union City.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_IMG_2631.jpgA Greenville infielder makes a play on a Union City player in a Saturday tournament game at Union City.

An Ansonia infielder makes a catch for his team at the Union City Dylan Williams Memorial.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_IMG_2679.jpgAn Ansonia infielder makes a catch for his team at the Union City Dylan Williams Memorial.

A Union City player hits a homer over the fence at the 6th Annual Dylan Williams Memorial Tournament in Union City.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_IMG_2701.jpgA Union City player hits a homer over the fence at the 6th Annual Dylan Williams Memorial Tournament in Union City.

A Union City hitter gets a high five from his coach rounding third following a home run.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_IMG_2710.jpgA Union City hitter gets a high five from his coach rounding third following a home run.

An Ansonia batter knocks a hit at Union City weekend Dylan Williams Memorial tournament.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_IMG_2745.jpgAn Ansonia batter knocks a hit at Union City weekend Dylan Williams Memorial tournament.

Greenville collects a hit in the teams tournament game at Union City.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_IMG_3026.jpgGreenville collects a hit in the teams tournament game at Union City.

A Greenville batter gets a hit in the weekend Dylan Williams Memorial in Union City.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_IMG_3176.jpgA Greenville batter gets a hit in the weekend Dylan Williams Memorial in Union City.

A Greenville batter takes a swing at the weekend tournament in Union City.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_IMG_3223.jpgA Greenville batter takes a swing at the weekend tournament in Union City.

Ansonia coach Kyle Lehman colors his hair bright orange to pay off a bet he lost to his team the previous week when they won their Ansonia tournament
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_IMG_3328.jpgAnsonia coach Kyle Lehman colors his hair bright orange to pay off a bet he lost to his team the previous week when they won their Ansonia tournament

An Ansonia baseball player drills a homer over the fence at the 6th Annual Dylan Williams Memorial Tournament.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_IMG_3360.jpgAn Ansonia baseball player drills a homer over the fence at the 6th Annual Dylan Williams Memorial Tournament.

An Ansonia gets a high five from his coach rounding third after knocking a homerun over the fence.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_IMG_3362.jpgAn Ansonia gets a high five from his coach rounding third after knocking a homerun over the fence.

An Ansonia pitcher gets ready to throw a pitch at the Dylan Williams Memorial tournament.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_IMG_3603.jpgAn Ansonia pitcher gets ready to throw a pitch at the Dylan Williams Memorial tournament.

By Gaylen Blosser

DarkeCountyMedia.com

Contact Sports Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@aimmediamidwest.com or (937) 853-6390-Ext. 1751. Read more news, features and sports a DarkeCountyMedia.com.

Contact Sports Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@aimmediamidwest.com or (937) 853-6390-Ext. 1751. Read more news, features and sports a DarkeCountyMedia.com.