WSL West Coast Championships come to Sparks
By Lisa Knight
SPARKS, NV – It was a classic Nor Cal versus So Cal finish in the men's "C" division of the World Softball League West Coast Championship in Sparks, Nevada on October 10-12.
Mid Valley Plastering/Worth from Vallejo, California defeated FRC/Miken from San Dimas, California for the title. Mid Valley Plastering won the final game with a whopping 15-0 score after sending the Hoodlums from Nampa, Idaho to the loser's bracket on Sunday morning by the score of 21-10.
The Hoodlums faced FRC/Miken in the loser's bracket championship going down in defeat 19-6. The Hoodlums took third place.
FRC/Miken faced MVP in their first game Saturday morning and lost a close game 16-12. FRC battled through the loser's bracket winning five straight games to get back to the championship game and another shot at MVP.
The Elite Jokers from Richland, Washington took fourth place in the "C" division and Regency/Worth/Mpactgear from Vallejo, California placed fifth.
MVP for the C division was Brian Faria from Mid Valley Plastering/Worth and their all tourneys were Michael Souza, Danny Ayala and John Brown. From FRC/Miken, all tourneys were Vincent Granados, Derek King and Danny Lopez. Hoodlums all tourneys were Aaron Newhouse and Ryan Barabe and Shane McCulloch was chosed by Elite Jokers.
In the men's "D" division, Famous/Worth from Claremont, California stomped the second place team SCH/Team Freshee from Dayton, Nevada, 18-3.
The Famous team won six straight. Their closest game was a 27-25 affair against Triton Carpet Care from El Cajon, California.
Nor Cal Kobra/Kai/Worth from Concord, California took third place in the tournament, while Triton Carpet Care came in fourth. MVP for the D division was Famous/Worths Jason Grissom with all tourneys going to Steven Lopz, Aaron Martinez and Alan Samuel. SCH/Team Freshee named Adam Nava, Angel Olvera and Mark Pea to the all-tournament team. Kenny Paysinger and Cory Nolen from Kobra Kai/Worth and Miles Bush from Triton Carpet rounded out the awards.
During the men's "E" division both Softball Supplements from San Diego, California and the Stugots from Reno, Nevada entered Sunday morning undefated. Supplements defeated the Stugots 17-2 sending them into the loser's bracket where they beat All About U to earn a shot at Supplements in the championship game. The Stugots beat the Supplements team to force an if game which Supplements won in a low scoring battle 4-1.
All About U from Fremont, California took third place and Frozen Rope from Carson City, Nevada finished fourth place.
Eri Baechler from SoftballSupplements was named MVP with Chris Saile and Rudy Chavez as all-tourneys. Stugots named Roger French, Rick French and Kevin Snow as all-tourneys. All About U named Pat Hirayama and Jake Brahmst and Frozen Rope named Aaron Gonsalves to the all tourney team.
Coed teams battled through an unusual Northern Nevada fall snow storm on Friday.
Miller Lite from Lewiston, Idaho and Bomb Squad from Ontario, California battled each other all day in the snow. In their first meeting Miller Lite wound up on top of a 22-12 game sending Bomb Squad to the loser's bracket. They met in a rematch Friday afternoon in the championship game which Bomb Squad won 23-20 pushing the tournament to an if game. In the if game Miller Lite won an exciting 20-19 final to take the championship.
Big Kids from Sparks, Nevada took third place with Team Pendleton from Camp Pendleton, California in fourth.
Miller Lite named Josh Celigoy as MVP for the Coed division.
On Saturday two Idaho teams squared off against each other in the women's championship game. Hayes Construction from Lewiston went undefeated throughout the event and defeated the North Idaho Merchants from Couer D'Alene 19-9 for the championship. Third place went to the Pounders from Kennewick, Washington and Team Pendleton from Camp Pendleton, California took fourth.
The Women's MVP for Hayes was Elsa Olney. All tourneys went to Holly Hall, Theresa Gilbert, Jessica Stapleton and Brittnie Perington from Hayes Construction, Peg Roberts, Kim Bruno and Laura Burgan from North Idaho Merchants and Heather Taylor and Araceli Lamb from Pounders.