This year the Monsoon Madness Adult Co-ed Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament lived up to its name.
The tournament began on August 25 and was set to wrap up on Saturday, August 28, but the weather played havoc on the games. The championship game was postponed until Sunday evening. On that night, although clouds were visible, no rain was in sight.
Native Sluggers, a team that has played together for more than four years, is composed of Native Americans from all over. Newlywed kindergarten teacher Jenny Snapp and her new husband Terrence Snapp met over softball, and said that currently, “Softball is our life.” The Native Sluggers ended up succumbing to United Nations Baseball, which would end up playing in the championship round against two-year Monsoon Madness defending champions Say Something from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
Tyson Lewis, the Say Something team leader, has been playing softball for years and said that he likes the game because “it is good competition.”
Lewis went on to say, “Everyone gives us a game until toward the end, then we blow them out. Our girls can hit, and that helps a lot. Some of our girls hit better than our men.”
During the first inning of the championship game, United Nations Baseball led by four runs. At the bottom of the sixth inning the score was tied, until Say Something brought in two runs to make the score 18-16 and eventually win their third Monsoon Madness championship.