Friday, September 3, 2004
Behind the MVP performance of Abel Valdez, the Oregon Outlaws captured the title of this year's Aztlan/Chicano/Latino State Softball Tournament, held Aug. 28-29 at Sunnyside's SunnyView Park.
The Outlaws bested the 20-team field, 15 of which were from out of the area.
The top finishing local team was Kino's, which earned third place honors. Dave Sanchez and Russ Bentley of Kino's were named to the tournament all-star team.
Besides the stellar play of Valdez, who shared tournament co-MVP honors with Paul Torres of the second placing finishing Brew Crew/Zack's Pizza team, the Oregon Outlaws had three other players named to the tourney all-star team. They included Doug Jacobsen, Stevie Nanez and Kiki Sandoval.
Joining the co-MVP Torres on the tourney all-star team were Brew Crew's Felipe Martinez, Geronimo Coronado and Rigo Castillo.
The Wild Bunch of Toppenish placed fourth in the two-day tourney. Its selections to the tournament all-star team were Kevin Cole and Brad Baker.
Finishing fifth was the Guzzlers/Snap Co. Electric. Frank Mora and Jake Dorr were the team's representatives on the all-star squad.
Sixth place honors went to Wal-Mart/Granger Merchants. Chad Bega and Mario Garcia were named tourney all-stars.
The Adame Law team placed seventh. Its tournament all-stars were Michael Adame and Albert Balderas.
The last team to trophy, finishing eighth, was B&D Transmission. Its all-stars were Mike Valdez and Cory Hadler.
Other Chicano State tournament all-stars included Dave Torres of El Valle Restaurant, Chano DeLeon of Latino Heat, Jesse Garcia of Professional Painters, Brett Sumner of Extreme Air, George Rios of Davidson's Family, Benjamin Ramos of Chicano Express and Ernesto Carrasco of Safari Restaurant.