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Softball tournament honors fallen officer

The murder of Bardstown police officer and Glen Este High School grad Jason Ellis remains unsolved but his memory is still very much alive (WKRC)

UNION TWP., Ohio (WKRC) - The murder of Bardstown police officer and Glen Este High School grad Jason Ellis remains unsolved but his memory is still very much alive. A special event this weekend will combine three of the things Jason loved the most... friends, family, and baseball.

The event started in just about the most grassroots way one could possibly imagine.

One of Ellis' childhood friends was thinking out loud on Facebook a few weeks back and posed a question to about 50 other guys, all of whom grew up playing ball together with Ellis.

The question was this: wouldn't it be great if we could all get together one more time, dust off the cobwebs, and play a little baseball.

Another friend chimed in to give the idea a bit more purpose, "Why don't we play for Jason?"

The wheels began to turn and this Sunday, friends, family, and members of the West Clermont community will hit the diamond for the inaugural Jason Ellis Memorial Softball Tournament.

Upon further thought, the guys opted to save their hamstrings and rotator cuffs and play softball instead of baseball. But the message and meaning behind the tournament remain the same - never forgetting someone who meant so much to so many people.

"He was a great guy," said Matt Stults, a friend of Ellis. "Everybody in the community seemed to know him. I mean, our baseball community around here in the Glen Este, Amelia, West Clermont areas was all very tight knit. We all grew up playing ball with each other from the knothole days through high school and select baseball as well, and it's for a great guy, a great family, and a great community."

"It definitely brings positivity, a smile to our face just because we know this was the sport that he loved and these were the people he loved," said Ellis' sister, Lacey Young.

The tournament is Sunday, Sept. 17 at Withamsville Park in Union Township.

The cost is $20 and all the money raised will be donated to the West Clermont High School baseball program.

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