Top of the Morning, June 6, 2014

Top of the Morning, June 6, 2014

Three years ago during a local fundraiser, Champaign's Hope Eastin bought a one-day rental of the Illinois softball complex, which is named for her friend, Shorty Eichelberger.

On Saturday, Eastin will honor Eichelberger with Shorty Softball Day at the field that bears her family's name.

Starting at 9 a.m., four games will be played between area youth softball teams: Blue Ice All Stars, Blue Ice Matrix, Central Illinois Diamonds, Midstate Madness, Unity Rebels, Villa Grove Elite, Monticello Magic and Villa Grove Elite.

"The idea is to give lots of little girls the thrill of playing at Eichelberger Field," Eastin said.

Admission is free. There will be concessions, raffle prizes and T-shirts sold. Proceeds go to the eight participating teams.

Eastin lined up sponsors: GameDay Spirit, Murphy's Pub and her company, HAE Corp.

Jeana Block, one of Eastin's friends, is a parent and coach with the Villa Grove Elite. She was put in charge of bringing together the teams. Her daughter, Ky, designed the shirts.

Eichelberger will be spending part of the day at the event.

"She is very proud and very excited to meet the girls and watch them play," Eastin said,

You are going to need a break after all of that softball. Here are some shows to keep you occupied during the weekend:

Today

Series: "Crossbones"

9 p.m., WAND (NBC)

Who other than John Malkovich could play "Blackbeard?" It might be his best role since Cyrus the Virus in "Con Air." In tonight's episode, a popular pirate (is there any other kind?) violently disagrees with Blackbeard's plan. Hopefully, they taped the show in Aaaaaargentina. Critics have not been kind. Better watch now before it is gone.

Saturday

Belmont Stakes

3:30 p.m., WAND (NBC)

Are we finally going to see a Triple Crown winner for the first time since Affirmed in 1978? History tells us, "No." Horses that usually get to this point struggle with the extra distance. Or maybe it is all the cameras. T.O.T.M is pulling for California Chrome but has an inkling Wicked Strong is going to spoil the party.

Sunday

The Tony Awards

7 p.m., WCIA (CBS)

The 68th annual show honors the best of Broadway. Hugh Jackman hosts. Kids know him as "Wolverine." Rather than watching three hours of droning on about hits you never saw, you could actually go to a play. Or better yet, read a good book. Or go for a bike ride.

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