A note from Lanny Ropke, Woodland/Davis MSBL
"After 26 years of involvement in the ‘Best in the West’
Tournament I finally fully retired. Nathan Passantio and the league board
did a wonderful job of continuing the tradition of a wonderful prelude to MSBL
World Series in Arizona. This year we added the 65+ division. The 34 teams were down a little but that is
because we lost the use of two fields. Nathan tells me that he is actively
pursuing two more fields so as to return to our over 40 team tournament. He
also had a lot of interest in an 18+ division which we have not had for several
years and will go to work on to include that division once again next year.
There are over 200 men's teams within a 35 mile radius so
the potential is large. The Saturday night tri-tip BBQ, home run derby, and
raffle were the well known highlights of the tournament. It was a big
success and certainly DELICIOUS!
On a sad note we lost a good friend and supporter during the
week-end. Felix Castillo, the Woodland High School Varsity Coach and men's
league supporter of many years suffered a heart attack during the week-end.
Over my years as tournament Director and Board member I could always call on
Felix for help. A great teacher, coach, city baseball icon, friend, and family
man will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Some teams have been coming for over 25 years. For those of
you who have not attended the Woodland/Davis Annual Labor Day Tournament, plan
on joining us next year at the 28th Annual "Best in the West” tournament.
It’s a great tournament."By Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications
The 2016 edition of the ‘Best in the West’ Labor Day
Tournament in Woodland Davis, California is in the books. Three champions were crowned in the 25+, 55+ and 65+ divisions.
The CapCity Angels won the 25-over crown with a 9-3 victory
over the SC Twins, the always tough Sacramento Tribe took the 55-over title
with a 9-3 victory over the Antiques and the Sacramento Patriots scored a
convincing 15-7 victory over the Antiques to claim the upper 65-over trophy.
Congratulations to the winners! Their team pictures are shown below:
Front Row L-R: Gordy Olson, Don Frantz, Jim Lortz, Phil Gunter (team MVP), Gary
Ewbank, Tina Hass (team GM). Back Row L-R: Morgan Snow, Bill Hart, Lee Jackson, Ron Williams, Lanny Ropke
(team manager), Irv Scott, Harry Hart. Missing: Dan Drake.
Top row, from left: Steve Chase, Armando Hurtado, Lou Goring, Rick
Chassey, Rich Epidendio, Dennis Brandlin, Larry Hendrickson, Ray Allen, Terry
Fail, Mike Buckingham, Don Johannsen. Front row, from left: John Metras,
Frank Tracy, Rob Goldstein, Allan Green, Pat Carroll, John Angelesco, Ken
Block, John Ludwig.