Submitted by Jim Teeter, Tournament Director
The 8th 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 four spectacular fields: Carlsbad High School’s Ralph Cripe Field, Escondido High School, Palomar College and UCSD’s Triton Field. Reacting to excellent feedback we get from our players and managers, we hear our family-oriented tournament is still their favorite to play in the West.
This year’s tournament featured teams from Arizona, Los Angeles, New Mexico, Northern California, San Diego and Seattle. New teams were welcomed from Arizona (Western Diamondbacks) and Coronado (San Diego Seals).
Each team awards a Crystal Baseball Tournament MVP award, and this year’s winners were:
Larry Hendrickson — Dragons
George Constantino — Norcal Antiques 65+
Alan McKee — San Diego Mudcats
Charlene Wright — San Diego Shaggers
Mike Cerasoli — Vets
Gino Suter and Mike Denevi (repeat) — LA Athletics
Roland Azcu — Paladin USA
Andy Diaz — San Diego Seals
Mike Borba — Sacramento Tribe
Jim Yamada — TriValley Antiques 60+
Paco Gonzalez — San Diego Pirates
Autumn Arnold — SoCal Fire
Ted Quantrell — San Diego Padres
Mark Schneiderman — Los Angeles Dodgers
Jim Wightman — Western Diamondbacks
Players, spectators and families once again enjoyed the famous Rockin’ Jenny’s sandwiches, barbecued Costco dogs, Zappy’s Pizza on Monday and another 1,000 or so homemade brownies by the San Diego bakers’; contingent of Ann McMillan, Bonnie Miller, Missy Knudsen and Ms. Ray Andre. We look forward to the 9th annual tournament May 25-27, 2019.
Here are your champions!