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SRPMIC Hosts 55th Annual Southwest Baseball Tournament

The Mesa Indians play against the New Mexico Roadrunners at Salt River High School.

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s famous Men’s Southwest Baseball Tournament, which is hosted by the Salt River Recreation Department, celebrated 55 years of games this year. The tournament took place at the end of July.

Sixteen teams participated in the three-day, all-men’s tournament, including the local teams Lehi Raiders and Mesa Indians. Games were played at the Salt River and Lehi ball fields.

The Southwest Indios beat Team America, 10-1, in the championship game. The Mesa Rays took third place.

Men’s Southwest Baseball Tournament games were played throughout the July 28 weekend at the Salt River Ball Field.
For the Lehi Raiders, this year’s tournament was more significant because of the recent passing of longtime team member Jason Makil, who played for the Raiders for many years.

“It was bittersweet emotions watching Lehi Raiders play this year, missing our coach, the late Jason Makil, but I know he was happy watching them play and I know he is so proud of my brothers, Clint and Aaron for getting the team together, We Miss You Dad,” said Anastacia Makil, the daughter to Jason Makil.

The Lehi Raiders take time to take a team picture during the 55th Annual Southwest Baseball Tournament at the Salt River Ball Field.