The Casey Crowder Memorial Softball Tournament is set to begin Saturday. All proceeds from the concessions and t-shirt sales go toward the Casey Crowder Memorial Scholarship that is awarded to one or two area high school seniors.

"Please come out and help us raise some money for a good cause and see some mighty fine ball playing," a news release said.

On Aug. 27, 2006, Casey Crowder was driving alone on U.S. 65 near Dumas when her car ran out of gas. Her body was found on Sept. 2 with a black zip-tie around her neck. She had been strangled to death at age 17.

Kenneth Osburn pleaded guilty on June 18, 2014, to the kidnapping and second-degree murder in a court hearing. Osburn was sentenced to 30 years for the second-degree murder and 10 years for the kidnapping charge.

Last year for the Big League Division, age group 13-18, EASI ambulance Service won first place and Bank of Star City came in second. In the Little League Division, age group 8-12, Simmons Bank placed first and Charros placed second.

Following is this year's schedule:


Saturday, June 2


9:30AM: Game 1- Charros vs. NESCO’s High Voltage

10:35AM: Game A- Bank of Star City vs. Scat Pools

11:40AM: Game 2- Simmons vs. Arkansas Printing


1:00-1:45PM- Casey Bess Crowder Memorial Ceremony


2:00PM: Game B- Hunter’s Slammers vs Relyance

3:05PM: Game C- Winner Game A vs E.A.S.I

4:10PM: Game 3- Winner Game 1 vs Winner Game 2 (Little Girls)

5:15PM: Game D- Loser Game A vs Loser Game B (Big Girls)

6:20PM: Game 4- Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2 (Little Girls)

7:25PM: Game E- Winner Game B vs Winner Game C (Big Girls)

8:30PM: Game F- Winner Game D vs Loser Game C (Big Girls)


Sunday, June 3


1:30PM: Game 5- Loser Game 3 vs Winner Game 4 (Little Girls)

2:35PM: Game G- Loser Game E vs Winner Game F (Big Girls)

3:40PM: Game 6- Winner Game 3 vs Winner Game 5 (Little Girls)- CHAMPIONSHIP

4:45PM: Game H- Winner Game E vs Winner Game G (Big Girls) - CHAMPIONSHIP

5:50PM: Game 7- Champ game for Little Girls - If Necessary- Double ELIM

7:45PM: Game I- Champ game for Big Girls - If Necessary- Double ELIM


Double ELIM games are subject to change depending on Championship game results.

Trophies will be awarded IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING the Championship game in each division.