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Tigerettes play host to dodgeball tourney

If you can dodge a wrench, you could dodge a ball. That is the classic line from the definitive movie about the niche sport that many only play during gym class in school - Dodgeball.

For the safety of the participants and audience, there were no wrenches thrown Saturday when the Tigerette softball team played host to the third annual dodgeball tournament at DeKalb High School gym.

The event, according to Tigerette Booster Club member Rene Walker, is held each year to help the squad make ends meet for the upcoming season.

"We're just raising money for the softball team to do field upgrades," she said of the tournament that had 14, six-person teams enter in its various divisions which ran from middle school to adult.

Walker said the tourney is an enjoyable way to raise money, plus it gets the competative juices going once the balls start flying.

"It's fun to watch and the kids really like playing," she said, noting the teams take winning very seriously especially after feeling the bite of the ball. Head shots are illegal; however, as the rules dictate you can only eliminate an opponent by a direct hit to the body.

Walker said the good participation and large, vocal crowd shows that DeKalb County gets behind its teams.

"We have a lot of support," she said, noting members of other sports teams like basketball, football and soccer put teams in the tourney to help the Tigerettes whose season begins this week.