Opp holds ninth annual Butch Youmans Spring Break Tourney

Published 9:15 am Thursday, March 31, 2022

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This year’s Butch Youmans Spring Break Tournament took place Monday, March 28, and Tuesday, March 29, at Merchants Field and Senn Field with a 12-team field.

Youmans passed away on May 25, 2014, after an 18-month long battle against pancreatic cancer. Each team was guaranteed to play three games. Teams in the 2022 field were Opp, New Brockton, Straughn, Providence Christian, Eufaula, Luverne, W.S. Neal, Clarke County, Geneva, Greenville, and Kinston.

Opp Head Coach Michael Cassady leads Granger Youman to the mound to throw the first pitch. Granger is the grandson of Butch Youmans, a longtime Opp athletics supporter.

“We are so fortunate to continue this tournament in Mr. Butch’s memory. Mr. Youmans meant so much to Opp for not only baseball but also for the school’s other sports and athletics. He worked with so many of our kids, whether he was coaching, umpiring, or showing them how to play the game of baseball. He exemplified sacrifice by spending time away from his family to help the kids in Opp be better baseball players and young men,” said Head Coach Michael Cassady.

While he was at HT Hackney, Youmans donated drinks, food, and snacks to the baseball and softball programs.

“Mr. Youmans’ hard work and dedication to the kids in Opp is why we name this tournament after him. I would like to personally thank Spencer and Savannah Youmans and his family, Savannah and Adam Jones, and her family, Renee Anderson, and Donna Youmans for their contributions to this tournament over the last eight years. We are honored again to play this tournament for Mr. Butch,” Cassady added.

Opp shut out Kinston in the championship game, 17-0, Tuesday as the Bobcats won the title for the first time in six years.