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Contributed by Jim
Teeter, Tournament Director
The 7th annual MSBL
San Diego Memorial Day Weekend Fun Tournament was a 60+ wood bat
tournament. Playing doubleheaders over the 3-day weekend with pool play
Saturday-Sunday and single elimination playoffs on Monday, we played on five
spectacular fields: Calvin Christian School, Escondido High School,
San Diego State University’s Tony Gwynn Stadium, Palomar College and UCSD’s Triton Field. We got excellent feedback from our players and
managers, most of whom continue to proclaim our family-oriented tournament
their favorite to attend in the US. Yes, the weather is usually the best
baseball weather you can find, but they say they appreciate the family oriented
format the most.
This year's winners
National Division: LA
Athletics (Los Angeles), Bob Sherwin, mgr.
Central Division: Dragons
(Santo Rosa), Allan Green, mgr.
American Division: San
Diego Pirates (San Diego), Julian Manrique, mgr.
Each team awards a Crystal
Baseball Tournament MVP award, and this year’s winners were:
In the American
Division round robin, the SoCal Fire team, short of
pitching, posted the second lowest runs-against to the champion SD
Pirates, to whom they lost 4-3 but didn't win a pool game. In similar
fashion, the Arizona Pirates, tied 10-10 and lost 11-10 Saturday
before bowing to the San Diego Patriots in the semifinal game
7-3. The Cinderella Patriots team finally ran out of pitching in the
championship game at Escondido High School, losing to the
first-time-in-tournament 2017 champions, San Diego Pirates.
Paladin USA ran the table to earn the Central Division playoff slot along with the 2-1-1 Seattle Silver Foxes. The formidable Dragons team dropped into their slot when the San Diego Heat held on and had 2
fewer runs-against in the seeding tiebreaker. Monday morning at beautiful new
(first time ever visitors allowed on the new field) Palomar College diamond, Paladin
USA lost a heart breaker in their rematch with last year's champion Norcal
Antiques 60 team 4-3. The Dragons topped Seattle to earn
their way into the championship game, where they defeated the 2016
champion Norcal Antiques 9-6. See the in-depth article below by
In the National
Division round robin, a powerful Sacramento Tribe team, returning
after a 2-year tournament hiatus, beat the traditionally strong LA
Dodgers team, and the LA Athletics whipped a surprising San
Diego Heat team 5-1 to set up a classic championship game at SDSU's Tony
Gwynn Stadium. In a fierce battle of heavyweights, the Athletics outlasted the Tribe, 3-2 in one of the best played games in that
stadium in a long while.
In the 65+
Division round robin, the San Diego 65s and Norcal Antiques ran
away with their pool games over the Tri Valley Antiques and San
Diego Shaggers, who opted for a 3-4 playoff and 1-2 playoff. The
winless San Diego Shaggers turned the table on the TV Giants to take 3rd and the San Diego 65s took all the marbles with a close win
over the Norcal Antiques 65 team.
Players, spectators and
families enjoyed the return of Costco dogs with barbecues at the UCSD and
SDSU venues, while participants at Palomar College and Escondido High School
(and backup Calvin Christian School) enjoyed the famous Rockin'
Jenny's sandwiches and a record 1,000 killer homemade brownies made
by Ann McMillan, Bonnie Miller, Ms. Bob Barr and Ms.
Ray Andre. We look forward to the 8th annual tournament May