|Local 38's "Team 1" won its fifth championship title in six years in last month's UA Statewide Softball Tournament.
Local 38’s “Team 1” won their second straight United Association California Statewide Softball Tournament title last month, their tenth title overall. The tournament was held in Stockton, and hosted by UA Local 442.
The champs went 5-1 in the tournament, with their only loss coming on Sunday morning against Local 467, who they finally beat in the championship final. Since they had lost to Local 467 earlier on Sunday morning, they had to beat them twice for the title. Team 1 beat the Local 467 squad 15-11 in the championship match.
Local 38’s “Team 2” finished fifth overall in the tournament but rallied to take home the consolation trophy with a record of 7-2.
FIVE OF SIX
The title was the fifth in six years for Local 38’s Team 1, coached by Local 38 Business Agent RJ Ferrari and co-coach Business Manager Larry Mazzola, Jr.
Team 1 was led by Offensive Most Valuable Player (MVP) Tommy McGee, Who had an outstanding offensive tournament, including a grand slam in the championship game. Defensive MVP Kyle Gonzaga also turned in a remarkable defensive performance throughout the tournament, including throwing a runner out at third from deep center field in the championship game.
Once again Steve Venturi’s pitching (his 23rd year participating in the tournament) played a key role in the title run, as did the hot bats of Alex Freitas and Tom Luhan. Also notable was Tanner Westmoreland’s strong play at short stop.
Coached by Business Agent Bill Blackwell and member Jimmy Kazarian, Team 2 lost two games on Saturday, but rallied to take home the consolation trophy. “I’m very proud of the way the guys didn’t give up. They kept up the effort and got 5th place, which wasn’t an easy feat, particularly in the 98 degree heat,” said Blackwell.
Among the standouts for Team 2 were Doug Wodarczyk’s pitching and hitting, Anthony Papaleo’s great defense, Greg Plate’s great hitting and John Doherty’s all around outstanding play.
Once again Local 38 brought its own cheering section, with more than 20 members, families and friends in attendance to root them on.
“This is always a great weekend,” said Mazzola, Jr., “And it’s particularly nice to get back on the winning track.
“I want to thank Bill Taylor, Louie Montalbo and everyone else at Local 442 for putting on another great tournament,” said Mazzola, Jr. “They do an outstanding job of hosting the tournament, and we really appreciate all their effort.”