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Productive Alternatives softball tourney is a hit

Players from the top three teams included Derek Revering of the Lumberjacks (third place), Eric Evavold of Diamond Jim's (first place and defending champions) and Brent Bitzan of Bitzan Machine (second place).1 / 2
Andy Struthers shook hands with Tate Jerome of the Lumberjacks after throwing out a successful first pitch at the Productive Alternatives softball tournament.2 / 2

Eleven men's softball teams came together with family, friends and supporters to make the fourth annual Productive Alternatives (PA) softball tournament a big success.

Several hundred people converged on Parkers Prairie for the fundraising event.

PA organizers noted that the event was not only highlighted by highly competitive softball but also humanitarian and community spirit.

They said it brought together people that PA serves with the teams and community members in a fun and enthusiastic way.

The team from Diamond Jim's remained champions, Bitzan Machine took second and the Lumberjacks finished third. A rainstorm ended the tournament after 19 games were played.

Organizers noted that the tournament wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for the staff at Parkers Prairie PA Inc., the clients served, sponsors, teams, and many others who helped in some way.

A fifth annual tournament/ fundraiser is already being planned for next August.

Productive Alternatives is a non-profit agency that is dedicated to providing diverse human services programming, offering viable workforce opportunities for businesses and manufacturing and marketing innovative products for the past 51 years.

PA provides services in Alexandria, Brainerd, Fergus Falls, Little Falls, Moorhead, Parkers Prairie and Perham.