Weaverville: Most Valuable Player Mike Taylor went 4-5 with a Home Run to lead the Kingsmen of Redding to a 21-8 victory over Team SOP from Eureka in the Championship game of the 4th of July Weaverville Invitational hosted by the Samoa Athletic Club. Sam Jaskar and Toye Johnson both had 3 hits for Team SOP. Team SOP beat Ray Wolfe Construction 12-7 in the semi final game.
Ray Wolfe Construction from Arcata finished 3rd followed by 4th place James Hill Trucking from Eureka.
Steve McLain of the Kingsmen was named the Most Valuable Pitcher. All Tournament selections from the Kingmen were Matt Whitehouse and Russ Jones. Jaskar and Johnson were all tournament selections from Team SOP. Ray Wolfe Construction was represented by Mike Dobrec and Jacob Kadle. Joel McCoy of James Hill Trucking rounded out the all tournament picks.
Team Son's Of Pitches and Humboldt's Finest played Friday night in front of a few thousand fans at Lowden Field. The Lions Club did really well at the beer booth. The weather was way hot! 104 on Saturday and that took a toll on me. Robin and I always wait for the players to get hotels before we do so they have a place to stay. We have even resorted to staying in the scorers booth while hosting this event. We ended up getting one of the last rooms at the Weaverille Victorian Inn. They charged us over $160 a night! And we heard the Trinity Motel charged up to $160 also! Talk about price gouging! This community would lose untold thousands if we did not host this event, and I am re-considering doing this next year. After all expenses, we may come out to the negative this year.
I have tried to get Weavervile residents to run their own event and had little response. I paid one umpire nearly $400 to umpire this tournament, so he made more than I for organizing it. Not right.