Old buddies remembered at tournament
Stone’s Tire defeated The Outlaws 16-10 to take the title game of the Old Buddies Sing and Swing Softball Tournament Sunday, but everyone who participated in the tournament felt like a winner as the tournament, combined with a silent auction and concert by String Cheese Incident, raised about $4,000 for the children of Steve Baumann.
The tournament was a memorial to Baumann and Chad Barnette, who died in a boating accident on Pyramid Lake last December.
“People had a great time during the tournament,” said tournament official and Outlaw third-baseman Dan O’Gorman. “It was the type of event that Steve and Chad would have liked, with everyone playing softball and hanging out at the ballfields.”
Friends of Baumann and Barnette reminisced about the longtime softball players during the tournament.
“Steve and I played together for years; he was one of the best guys around,” said Buck Sumpter, the manager of the Bucks team which was a longtime rival of Baumann’s Ducks team. “We were sometimes rivals on the field, but we were good friends off the field.”
Twelve teams began play in the tournament on Saturday, with four teams advancing to Sunday’s semifinals and final.
“It was a very competitive tournament in that every team won at least once and every team lost at least once; that rarely happens in a tournament,” said O’Gorman.
Advancing to Sunday’s semifinals as division champs from Saturday were Stone’s Tire, Taco Station and Ron McKnight Construction.
The Outlaws advanced to Sunday semifinal as the “Wild Card” team, as the squad had the highest margin of victory of any second-place team in the tournament.
Stone’s Tire advanced to the final by defeating McKnight Construction, 19-7, while The Outlaws outlasted Taco Station 20-19 to reach the final.
In the final, consistent hitting by Mike Vincent, Bill English, Jimmy Russell and Matt Ruge gave Stone’s the championship trophy with a 16-10 win over the Outlaws.
Those four players, along with The Outlaws’ Mike Cooper, Jarad Sahlberg and Dale McMullen, Taco Stations’ Jeff Duby and Pepe Lopez and McKnights’ Keith Schuler and Keith Bergstrom, were named “All-Tournament” players.
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