The Weezers came close to a title at the Newton Mexican-American Men’s Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament last year.
Facing the San Antonio Glowworms in the finals, the Weezers were able to break through 8-3 Sunday evening in the championship game of the 70th edition of the tournament for its first title.
The Weezers were led by the 1-2 punch of Gaby Melendez and Joe McGill. Melendez tossed a complete-game, three-hitter, striking out 12 and walking two. He allowed just one earned run.
Melendez was named most valuable pitcher.
“We were hitting pretty well,” Melendez said. “My drop ball was working well. We made the finals last year and we lost (to the Kansas City Indios). We had very good hitting this year. We had a very good catcher (Noe Soto, who was named most valuable catcher).”
McGill finished two for three at the plate with two runs scored and two RBIs.
“I saw the ball good,” McGill said. “We played well this weekend. I had a three-run double. I knew we had to get some runs in there early in the game. To beat that team twice is big. They have a very good lineup up and down. We have good hitters and we hit the ball great. We had something to win it for - Luis Lopez (injured earlier this season).”
The Weezers’ Brian Gomez was named the most valuable player for the tournament.
The Weezers won their second tournament in eighth tries this summer.
The Weezers finished 5-0 in the tournament. The Glowworms, making their debut in the tournament, finished 4-2 with both losses to the Weezers. The Weezers won 11-1 in the championship semifinals, but the Glowworms downed the Kansas City Eagles 3-0 in the consolation semifinals.
“We had a bunch of players who couldn’t make it,” Glowworms manager David Rios said. “We had to put together a team at the last minute. We played ball all day and had fun and did good. (The Weezer) have a good team. We beat them last week and a couple weeks ago. We played together. We only had 10 players. We’re coming back next year.”
“This is one of the top two tournaments out there,” added player Jonathan Rios, David’s son. “We had four guys playing for the USA junior team in Wisconsin. This is our second second-place back to back.”
The Glowworms have played in eight tournaments this summer with a win and two second-place finishes.
The Weezers took the lead with two outs in the bottom of the first. Josh Bias was hit by a pitch and scored on three wild pitches. After a walk and two singles loaded the bases, McCall hit a three-run double.
Melendez retired nine of the first 11 batters he faced, six by strikeout. Justin Bailey broke up the no hitter with two outs in the top of the third on a bunt single.
In the bottom of the third inning, Bias tripled and scored on a Louie Vaca ground out. The Weezers added a run on a McCall RBI single and an error.
The Glowworms used a pair of hits and a pair of errors in the top of the fifth to score two runs. Noe Soto answered with an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth.
Steven Gomez drove in a run on a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth.
The Kansas City Eagles finished third at 5-2.
Newton Mexican-American Athletic Club finished fourth at 3-2. Metros-Pryor Electric and the Kansas City Indios tied for fifth.