WENATCHEE - Arguably the most successful men's slo-pitch softball team from the Sunnyside area for the past several years, the Brown Sox earned a fifth place finish last weekend at the class 'D' State tournament in Wenatchee.
The Brown Sox compiled a 5-2 record at State, which drew a field of 32 teams.
In the trophy round Sunday morning, the Sunnyside team was upended by the Tri-Cities Bushwackers, 20-6.
"We had an excellent run at the title," said Brown Sox Manager Bob Sarmiento Sr. "We just fell short.
"By the seventh game everyone was tired. But we played great all weekend," he said, explaining that his club's next challenge will be competing at the Chicano/Latino State tournament, to be staged in Sunnyside the weekend of Aug. 27-28.
The Brown Sox opened the Wenatchee tourney with a 17-2 victory over Hoagland Pharmacy of Bellingham. Chris McCallum and Andy Carrizales turned in 4-for-4 and 3-for-3 offensive performances, respectively. Brown Sox teammates Kevin McClure, Scott Perkins and Dave Torres each added 2-for-3 efforts at the plate.
In its second outing at State, the Brown Sox sustained its first loss of the tourney-a 10-4 defeat at the hands of the Seattle Mash. In the losing effort, Ryan McClure was 3-for-3 and Perkins, Kevin McClure and Lino Gutierrez each were 2-for-3 at the plate.
The Sunnyside squad rebounded to thrash the Night Shift Varsity of Bremerton, 16-1. Gutierrez, Kevin McClure and McCallum combined to go 7-for-7 in the game, with Brown Sox teammates Joe Gutierrez, Torres and Perkins each adding 2-for-3 offensive efforts.
The Brown Sox stayed on the winning track in its fourth game Saturday, defeating Wireless Solutions of Yakima by a 20-13 score. Kevin McClure was the offensive leader for the Sunnyside team that game, turning in a 4-for-4 effort at the plate. Also helping spark the win over the Yakima team were Lino Gutierrez (2-for-2), Ryan McClure (3-for-4) and Bobby Sarmiento Jr. (3-for-5).
Sunday morning, the Brown Sox opened with a thrilling 23-22 victory over Barnhart Jewelers of Wenatchee.
"The game was probably the best played all weekend," said Sarmiento Sr. "It was a back and forth game.
"We finally won in the bottom of the seventh, with two outs and down four runs, we scored five runs to win," he said.
The Brown Sox followed up the one-run victory with a 16-10 decision over Hub Bar & Grill of Mt. Vernon. Sarmiento Jr. was 3-for-3 in the game.
That win propelled the Sunnysiders into the trophy round, where they absorbed the 20-6 loss to the Bushwackers.