3rd Annual Wounded Warrior Tournament

A Thank You From Wounded Warrior

Thank You from WW32

 

Summary

The 2nd Annual Wounded Warrior Project Benefit Tournament was held on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the Big League Dreams Sports Park in Perris, CA.  This event, hosted by Menifee Valley Upper Division Senior Softball, honored the wounded veterans of the military actions following the events of September 11, 2001; as well as those members of our armed forces (both past and present) for their service, dedication, and sacrifices for our country.

Over 300 players, family, and friends attended this year’s festivities.  An opening ceremony, 24 softball games, a Home Run Derby, and a raffle were all part of the day’s activities.

Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony began at 8:15 am with the presentation of the colors.  The presentation was led by retired Air Force Technical Sergeant Roy Lantz, a volunteer member of the Riverside National Cemetery Memorial Honor Detail, accompanied by current active duty members of the United States Air Force Honor Guard stationed at March Air Force Base.

Bob Fuhrmann, a veteran of the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam from 1968-1969 and a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient, threw out the first pitch.  He was assisted by our Menifee Tuesday/Thursday league commissioner Ed Hustead, a World War II and Korean War veteran.

Tournament Games

Seventeen teams competed in the four-division tournament format with four games played on each of the six fields
The division champions were:
Recreational League Division – Hemet #1 team
65+ Division – Brandon’s Diner
70+ Division – Paradise Chevrolet
Competitive League Division – Grant’s Posse

Home Run Derby

Tom Jadwin won the Home Run Derby.  Jack Brunschmid was the runner up.  Fifteen players participated in this event.

The Raffle

Over 50 prizes were raffled off throughout the afternoon; including a softball bat, television, Angels tickets, boombox, and team discounts on team jerseys.

100% of the net profit from the tournament goes to the Wounded Warriors — $5,008.

Like all big endeavors, there are always lessons learned.  And next year’s tournament promises to be bigger and better.

Divisions / Teams

65+ Tournament Teams

70+ Tournament

Teams

75+ Tournament Teams

Competitive League Teams

Recreational League Teams

65A – So. Cal Gusto

         65 major

70A – Top Gun 70 major

75A – Top Gun Classics

         75 major+

CompA-MVUDSS-1/Tom              55 major

H1 – Hemet 1

65B – Top Gun Mavericks            65 major

70B – Top Gun SWAT

         70 major

75B – Cal Connection

         75 major

CompB-MVUDSS-2/Glenn            55 major

H2 – Hemet 2

65C – FV Outlaws 65AAA

70C – Cal Crush 70AAA

75C – Git-R-Done 75AAA

CompC – Brandon’s Diner            60AAA

MSSL1 – Menifee 1 (White)

65D – No Guts, No Glory            65AAA

70D – Sons of Pitches                  70AAA

75D – Git-R-Done 70AA

CompD – Grant’s Posse                60AAA

MSSL2 – Menifee 2 (Red)

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Schedule (Umpires) / Field Assignments

YANKEE

DODGER

ANGEL

FENWAY

DURHAM

PAWTUCKET

8:15

OPENING

CEREMONIES

8:30

CompA-
CompD(+5 & player)
(Jerry Smith)

CompB-
CompC(+5 & player)
(Benedict)

75A – 75D(+7)
(Kight)

75B – 75C(+5)
(Rushing)

65A – 65D(+5)
(Hansell) *

65B – 65C(+5)
(Patrick Johnson)

10:00

70A – 70C(+5)
(Jerry Smith)

70B – 70D(+5)
(Benedict)

MSSL1 (White) – H1
(Sternberger)

MSSL2 (Red) – H2
(Hamilton) *

CompA-
CompC(+5 & player)
(Eller)

CompB-
CompD(+5 & player)
(Patrick Johnson)

11:30

RAFFLE – PART I **

11:30 – 12:30

HOME RUN DERBY

12:30

RAFFLE – PART II **

12:30

75A – 75C(+7)
(Jerry Smith)

75B – 75D(+5)
(Benedict)

65A – 65C(+5)
(Pickett)

65B – 65D(+5)
(Feeney)

70A – 70D(+5)
(Trice)

70B – 70C(+5)
(Mitoma)

2:00

65A – 65B
(Jerry Smith)

65C – 65D
(Benedict)

CompA – CompB
(Pickett)

CompC – CompD
(Kapeller) *

75A – 75B(+5)
(Hellman)

75C – 75D
(McCoy) *

2:00

RAFFLE – PART III (includes 50-50) **

3:30

MSSL1 (White) – H2
(Sternberger) *

MSSL2 (Red) – H1
(Eller)

70A – 70B
(Pickett)

70C – 70D
(Feeney)

** RAFFLES in front of snack bar near Yankee Stadium.

Coin flip for home team.

Recreational league rules for games involving MSSL and Hemet teams.

SSUSA equalizer rules for games between tournament teams.

SSUSA tiebreaker criteria to determine division champions:

(1) Head-to-head

(2) Least runs allowed in games played between the tied teams

(3) Run differential in games played between the tied teams

(4) Coin flip

Standings

DIVISIONS

WON

LOST

TIED

RUNS SCORED

RUNS ALLOWED

RUN DIFFERENTIAL

65+ Tournament Teams:

65A – So. Cal Gusto 65 major

1

2

25

16

14

18

20

18

65B – Top Gun Mavericks 65 major

2

1

27

8

18

19

10

14

65C – FV Outlaws 65AAA

2

1

19

20

17

27

16

16

65D – No Guts, No Glory 65AAA

1

2

18

10

16

25

8

17

70+ Tournament Teams:

70A – Top Gun 70 major

2

1

20

22

20

19

18

21

70B – Top Gun SWAT 70 major

2

1

8

21

21

17

8

20

70C – Cal Crush 70AAA

3

19

8

6

20

21

16

70D – Sons of Pitches 70AAA

2

1

17

18

16

8

22

6

75+ Tournament Teams:

75A – Top Gun 75 Classics major+

1

1

1

16

22

17

17

22

16

75B – Cal Connection 75 major

1

2

19

6

16

14

21

17

75C – Git-R-Done 75AAA

2

1

14

22

8

19

22

22

75D – Git-R-Done 70AA

3

17

21

22

16

6

8

Competitive League Teams:

CompA – MVUDSS-1/Tom     55 major

2

1

22

25

17

11

24

17

CompB – MVUDSS-2/Glenn 55 major

2

1

25

22

17

10

16

17

CompC – Brandon’s Diner 60AAA

3

10

24

17

25

25

20

CompD – Grant’s Posse 60AAA

1

2

11

16

20

22

22

17

Recreational League Teams:

H1 – Hemet 1

2

14

18

17

19

H2 – Hemet 2

1

1

16

19

17

12

MSSL1 – Menifee 1 (White)

1

1

17

12

14

19

MSSL2 – Menifee 2 (Red)

2

17

19

16

18

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