After three days of highly competitive men’s fast-pitch softball played at Memorial Park, the first Larry Terronez Angel in the Outfield Tournament champion was crowned.
Event Helper, a team based out of Nevada County, edged passed the 1035 Foundation, a team from Placer County but with several Nevada County players on it, 4-3 in eight innings.
It was longtime local player Donner Walters of Event Helper who drove in the winning run in extra innings with a walk-off single during Sunday’s championship game.
Will Maddux was the winning pitcher, throwing all eight innings and allowing three runs.
Ben Maddux, brother of Will, was named the tourney’s MVP after batting .563 with six RBIs and three walks throughout the weekend.
Event Helper’s Brandon Moran-Smith had an RBI, Toby Thompson added an RBI, and Dave Carlton ripped a double in the win.
For 1035 Foundation, Jack Garvey had an RBI double, Jeff Nye brought a run across with a sac fly and Justin DeMay also had an RBI.
While the games and competition were a nice escape from the May tragedy that took longtime local player Larry Terronez Jr., players, fans and friends still were reeling from the sting of losing such a popular person in the community and local softball league.
“I think everyone is still in shock,” tourney organizer Pete Medrano said. “It hasn’t sunk in yet. It’s still not even reality yet, and that’s the toughest thing.”
Terronez’s cousin and close friend, Donovan Chilton, played for the championship-winning Event Helper squad and said the tourney was a fitting tribute that Terronezes would have appreciated.
Chilton wore a hat with Terronez’s name scrawled across it all weekend in honor of his cousin.
Terronez’s former teammate and Event Helper pitcher Will Maddux spoke of Terronez’s baseball prowess and how he will miss seeing him on the ball field.
“He was quite a ballplayer,” Will Maddux said. “He was one of those guys who could play any position and was gifted athletically when none of us are. He was fast, he could throw, he could run, he could hit, he was even starting to pitch — he could do it all.”
Will Maddux said he and Terronez had spent many a car ride together traveling to tournaments all over the western U.S., including a trip to the national tournament in Arizona.
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