“Safe!” Close calls and some not so close were part of the fundraising softball games played Sept. 5 among the Peg Welch Women’s Softball League teams from Sun City. The Bluffton/Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine clinic was the beneficiary of the fundraiser. TOM MILLS

The Peg Welch Women’s Softball League (PWWL) of the Sun City Softball Club kicked off its season Sept. 5, with two games and a fundraiser in support of Bluffton/Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine (BJVIM.)

One of the PWWL founders, Victoria Black, hurled the opening day ceremonial first pitch. Concession sales, as well as revenue from pitching and target games benefited BJVIM.

BJVIM provides free health care to more than 1,500 low income and uninsured people at clinics in the greater Bluffton area, and in Jasper County. In the past year, BJVIM has provided more than 5,000 patient visits to primary care physicians and specialists.

Medications are free of charge on an interim basis while the person is waiting to be placed on a medication assistance program. Radiologic and lab tests are available as needed, and there is a brand new dental clinic at the Bluffton site.

The PWWL is an instructional and developmental women’s softball league that works to develop and improve skills of novice and experienced players alike. This year’s draft included 30 new players.

For information on how to volunteer, donate, or obtain services, contact BJVIM at 843-706-7090.

For information about women’s softball in Sun City, email suncityhhws@gmail.com.