Waxahachie Faith Family Academy athletics department hosted a benefit softball tournament for one of its students, Matthew Glasco, Saturday at the Waxahachie Sports Complex.

With a strong turnout more than $700 was raised for Glasco, a WFFA fifth-grade student who is battling a tough illness.

“We also wanted to show Matthew, his family and his older brother who plays sports for us that Faith Family is supporting them in their fight,” tournament organizer Shanna Kindrick said.

Teams participating in the tournament included Ponch Hernandez with A-Mess, Sarina Dominguez with Take ur Base, Rufus Mejorado with Aches n Pains, Mark Borden with Silverleaf, Matt Jones with Wreckers, Travis Jordan with No Skillz, Danny Sarrano with Bombers, Michael Judson with WFFA and Kindrick with Blue Line Design. 

A team from Corsicana, Dustin Trull with Heat Wave, made the drive to Waxahachie to show its support. 

The teams battled most of the day in the light rain and mist, which actually made for pleasant playing conditions.

The championship came down to A-Mess and Heat Wave, with A-Mess gaining the victory. Both first and second place teams received a tournament T-shirt and a trophy.

Engraved on the trophy and the T-shirts was the tournament slogan, “Going to bat for Matthew Glasco. Together we can knock it out of the park.”

Glasco was able to come out to the complex for just a few minutes to receive the support from all those in attendance.

He and his family were touched at the efforts to help them out.  Children not interested in the games on the field took to the waterslide bounce house in a day full of fun.

“This was my first tournament to ever organize, manage, play and umpire in,” Kindrick said. “It was such a nice blessing to do so. I would like to thank the following umpires for giving up their Saturday to come out and call ball: Even Adams, Doug Griffith, Kevin Kruse, Wes Mach, Don Wilborn, Rodney Kent and Donny Kindrick. These guys didn’t just give their time but they also gave part of their fees back as well.”

Several middle school and high school students from WFFA played and when their team was put out most of them stuck around to help out. 

“Matthew’s brother Sid attends WFFA so his classmates wanted to show him their support, so I want to thank them too,” Kindrick said. “I would also like to thank our sponsors:  Blue Line Design, Ginnys Gifts, Game on Athletics, Central Kubota, Chuck Fairbanks-Jeff Sorrels, Gibson Plumbing, Alex Rodriguez Construction and Sotos Houses of Fun. Together we all really can help Matthew knock it out of the park.”