With the regular season in its final days, four of our local teams will play perhaps their most meaningful games of this season this weekend.
Peabody, Beverly, Bishop Fenwick and Danvers will take part in the seventh annual Courtney Marie Corning Memorial Softball Tournament tomorrow and Sunday at Endicott College in Beverly.
Corning, one of Peabody High’s own, was just 17 years old when she died in a car accident in January 2007. She was a talented athlete (softball and ice hockey), honor roll student and school leader for the Tanners who was well-respected by teammates and foes alike. She was killed a little over four months shy of her high school graduation.
The tournament was set up in her honor to perpetuate her light and legacy, which will always live on.
There will be doubleheaders both days. Beverly and defending champion Danvers play the leadoff game tomorrow at noon, while Peabody takes on crosstown rival Fenwick at 2 p.m. Tomorrow’s losing squads meet in the consolation game Sunday at 10 a.m., followed by the two winners in the championship game at noon.
Art Cronin, who coached Corning on the Northeast Quicksilver AAU team the summer before she passed away, helps organize the tournament in her memory every year.
“This tournament gives us the opportunity to honor Courtney for two days by playing the game that she loved,” said Cronin. “We can’t thank Mark Kulakowski and Endicott College enough for allowing us to play at their outstanding facility. I know the girls on all four teams are excited to play in the stadium in front of a large crowd.”
Danvers is back for its second year in the tourney and looking to hold onto its championship title.
“I think part of having a good season is finishing up strong, and that’s what we want to do in our last two games,” said Danvers head coach Tara Petrocelli. “We’ll talk as a team ahead of time and let the girls know who Courtney was and about the honor of being invited to play again. I want the girls to know what she stood for and how much she loved the sport.”