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Brown Sox tourney champs

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The KFC/A&W Brown Sox of Sunnyside won first place honors at the June 12-13 Sports Page Invite in Kennewick. Team members include (back L-R) Rene Montelongo, Chris McCallum, Bob Sarmiento Sr., Scott Perkins, Bobby Sarmiento Jr., Kevin McClure and Alex Carrizales; (front L-R) Ryan McClure, Chris Brown, Dave Torres, Bobby Garza, Josue Garza, Joe Gutierrez and Andy Carrizales. Not pictured is Lino Gutierrez.

KENNEWICK - Led by the MVP performance of Bobby Garza, Sunnyside's KFC/A&W Brown Sox men's slo-pitch softball team won the title of the June 12-13 Sports Page Invite.

In Sunday's championship tilt, the Brown Sox battered Barnhart Jewelers of Wenatchee, 21-6.

In posting a 6-0 record in tournament play, the Sunnyside club outscored its opponents by a 103 to 45 margin.

"The bats were hot that weekend, and our defense was awesome," said Brown Sox player/manager Bob Sarmiento Sr.

"We played our best softball of the year," he added.

The Brown Sox opened tourney play on Saturday morning, knocking off Jackson's Pounders by an 11-7 score. The Sunnyside athletes followed up the win with a 23-14 thrashing of the Elk Creek Tribe of White Swan. A 5-1 victory over the host Sports Page team closed out Saturday's play for the Sunnyside team.

Playing a single elimination format Sunday, the Brown Sox edged Jackson's Pounders, 15-12, in a quarterfinal contest. The Sunnysiders advanced to the championship game via their 28-5 semifinal victory over Jackson's Softball Club of the Tri-Cities.

Named to the tournament all-star team were the MVP Garza, as well as Brown Sox teammates Kevin McClure, Chris McCallum, Bobby Sarmiento Jr., Lino Gutierrez and Andy Carrizales.

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