Weaverville: Dan Sutherland hit the lone home run in the Championship game leading Ray Wolfe Construction of Arcata to an 8-3 victory over Unagi from Yreka at the Weaverville Memorial Weekend Invitational hosted by Samoa Athletic Club. R-Co Construction finished in 3rd Place.
Mike Dobrec was named Most Valuable Player and Jacob Kadle Most Valuable Pitcher for Wolfe. All Tournament players were Matt Socha and Jared Harpe from Wolfe, Ryan Jackson, J.J. Cascarina and Justin Gerding of Unagi, Tim Hunt and Toye Johnson from R-Co Construction and George Seele of Samoa Athletic Club. (Just an added note, Dave Rhodes for SAC only made a few outs in the tournament. He was deserving of an selection but SAC only had one pick.)
Todd Canfield of Weaverville won the Home Run Contest for the second straight year, hitting 5 out 10 out of the park.
I had a team from a team from Happy Camp show up to the tournament somehow thinking this was a co-ed tournament. They got back in the cars when they saw the teams and left. They did not let me know they were going home. This has been an annual men's tournament (Although women have participated on the men's teams in the past.) for many years. That left a hole in the bracket and me out $250. If you are going to travel that far you might as well have played. Robin and I have hosted over 100 tournaments through the years and have seen about every scenario played out, and we survived this one too. We have at least 4 more to go this summer.
Other than that, it was a fun event. People yelling for the umpires head on a platter, chest to chest arguments, BBQ galore, close home run contest and stories of escapades at the Diggin's and the New Yorker Saloon.
The July 4th Weaverville Invitational is just around the corner!