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Contributed by Jim Teeter, Tournament Director
The 6th annual MSBL
San Diego Memorial Day Weekend Fun Tournament is 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 four immaculate college
diamonds: Grossmont College’s Noel Mickelsen field, San Diego State
University’s Tony Gwynn Stadium, Southwestern College and UCSD’s Triton
Field. We got excellent feedback from our players and managers, many of
whom say it's their favorite tournament in the US.
come mostly from the southwest, including Arizona (1), Northern California (3),
Los Angeles (1), New Mexico (2), Utah (1), Washington (1) and San
Our 2016 Winners were:
National Division: North County Storm (San Diego), John Naslund, mgr.
Central Division: Tri
Valley Antiques, Angelo Crudale/Denny Brown, mgr.
American Division: Tortuga
Solons, Gerhardt "G-String” Horstman, mgr.
65+ Division: San Diego Mudcats, Mike Mallow/Buzz Mann, mgr.
team awards a Crystal Baseball Tournament MVP award, and this year’s
Buzz and Colleen Mann (San Diego Mudcats)
Jake Stohler (San Diego Padres)
Rankin Lyman (Tri Valley Giants)
Rick Jamroz (Arizona Pirates/Tribe)
Pat Carroll (Greenwood Ridge Dragons)
Mark Schneiderman (Los Angeles Dodgers)
John Naslund (North County Storm)
Robb Steel (San Diego Heat)
Tom Lopez (Tri Valley Antiques)
Glenn Vann (Paladin USA)
Manny Pacheco (Salt Lake Dodgers)
Mark Freeman (San Diego Shaggers)
Charlene Wright (San Diego Patriots)
Randy May (Seattle Silver Foxes)
Steve Goggans and Dan Wukmir (Tortuga Solons)
The 6thannual MSBL regional tournament is noted as much for its fine refreshments as
it is high-scoring playing playoff games when Monday comes, the third
consecutive day of doubleheaders, making a premium on pitching and catching.
That didn’t happen in 2016. Could it have been the success of battery mates
running to our new tournament certified athletic trainer, Rhonda Julian?
the American Division round robin, the winless San Diego Patriots woke up in game 4 with a complete game 3-1 gem pitched by Charlene Wright, over New Mexico’s Tortuga Solons, then upset the defending champion San Diego Shaggers in game one of the playoffs 10-2. But in the championship game the Tortuga Solons got their revenge with a
decisive 12-4 win. One distressed Tortuga batter, relentlessly teased by
teammates after being struck out "by a girl,” felt no solace when he was
informed he was the only player who had been struck out by a baseball
hall-of-famer (class of 1999).
The Central Division, formed by the top two
American teams and bottom two National teams, met in playoffs only. The former
National division Tri Valley Antiques eeked out a 5-4 win over the former American division Seattle Silver Foxes pushing across two runs in the bottom of the
final frame. In the second semi-final game, former American division Paladin USA team knocked off a tough
National division Arizona Pirates team 8-3. The championship game was another well-played ball game, the Antiques scoring another dramatic win,
4-2 over Paladin USA.
Division featured four teams
who were anyone’s pick, each making quick work of their opponents in round
robin play. In the initial playoff round, the perennial runner-up Greenwood Ridge Dragons looked
impressive in a 5-2 win over the San
Diego Heat. Would this be their year to bring back their title that had eluded
them since 2013? Game two was equally hard-fought with the North County Storm victorious in a 4-3 nail-biter. The stage was
set for the championship game. And we had a new champion via an 8-4 win by San
Diego’s North County Storm.
the first time, the tournament included a 65+
Division. After a series of blowouts in pool play, the winless San Diego Padres edged the hard-hitting Tri Valley Giants in a tight 4-2
semi-final game. Their run was ended, however, by a dogged San Diego Mudcats team, who achieved an 11-4 victory and the first
ever San Diego MDW 65+ championship.
again, players and their travel partners enjoyed the Rockin' Jenny's sandwiches and 900 killer homemade brownies made by a team of 65+ players’ wives,
Ann McMillan and Bonnie Miller. Food at two of the stadiums (SDSU and UCSD) was
supplemented by barbecuing Costco dogs by past tournament director John Ihrig’s
daughter (and SDSU standout) Missy
Knudsen and longstanding field director Ray Andre. How will we improve our tournament next year? Stay