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'Best in the West' Labor Day Champions Crowned

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.

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