Sports & Recreation

Valley Natives were Champions in the Softball Tournament.

For the Love of Softball: Monsoon Madness

By Sheila Begay
Au-Authm Action News

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Recreation Department hosted the 2013 Monsoon Madness Adult Co-ed/Slo-pitch Softball Tournament at the Salt River Recreation field on August 22, 23 and 24. Awards were given to first-, second- and third-place winners, Most Valuable Players and All-Tourneys.

This double-elimination tournament attracted teams from all over the Valley.

Stands were filled with laughter, cheering and memories, with spectators coming out to watch the games despite the triple-digit heat.

The champions of the Monsoon Madness tournament were the Valley Natives, led by head coach Alec Waters. With a full count, Jayson Cabintoy hit a home run, helping the Valley Natives defeat the Achy Breaky Parts, 12-7. The Most Valuable Players were Joe Urias and Chalyise Schurz. All-Tourney Awards were given to Eunicia Hayez and Jerry Jones.

During the tournament, some of the players said how much they enjoy playing the game and were looking forward to doing well. “[This tournament is] mainly just a gathering, and play[ing] what you love to do. We love to play. We don’t want anybody getting hurt or getting upset, so we just come out and have fun,” said Waters.

Finishing the tournament in second place were Achy Breaky Parts, led by head coach Delmar Francisco. Gila River trailed Achy Breaky Parts until the last inning, where Achy Breaky Parts dominated in a 16-10 win. All-Tourney Awards were given to Delrae Jackson, Tomalene Bigthumb, Brandon Greymountain and Gabe Hasken.

“We like coming and playing in the rez tournaments, especially this one. I hope we take it this year, we have a good team,” said Jackson.

The third-place winners were Gila River, led by head coach Omar Rivera. All-Tourney Awards were given to Derick Johnson and Kayla Noha of Gila River.

“I hope we get the big number one. [Have fun], that’s what we come out to do. It’s not really about winning. I mean we like to win, but it’s just about playing to have fun and enjoying everyone’s company,” said Noha.

For the Love of Softball: Monsoon Madness