Community comes toegther for 10th annual Drew Reynolds Memorial Softball Tournament |

Community comes toegther for 10th annual Drew Reynolds Memorial Softball Tournament

A runner rounds third base during a softball game at the 10th annual Drew Reynolds Memorial Softball Tournament Sunday at Memorial Park in Grass Valley.
Photo for The Union by Brian Shepard |

Sponsors for the 10th annual Drew Reynolds Memorial Softball Tournament

Goomba’s Italian Family Restaurant, BK Powder Coating, Nevada City Rotary International, Krogman Construction Inc.,, SPD Markets,, Grin’s Graphics, Mr. Maid Janitorial, The Union, Certified Auto, Casey Retirement Home, The Mesarri Family, Grass Valley Rotary, Diann Patton-Coldwell Banker, Samba Sports Arena, Cater & Galante Orthodontics, Knuedeler Insurance Agency, Sasz Hair Studio, Mike Bratton-State Farm Insurance, Caseywood, B&C True Value Home Center, SierraDerm, Streamline Construction, Shooting Stars Photography, Dr. Doug Valentine DDS, Tim Mello Construction, Scope Landscape Management Inc.

The Drew Reynolds 10th annual Memorial Softball Tournament took place Friday through Sunday at Memorial Park in Grass Valley where community members, friends and family came from near and far to celebrate the life of Reynolds and support drug prevention.

Overcoming the odds, Team 1 advanced through the losers bracket and defeated Team 4 in the championship in back-to-back games to win it all.

Team 1 won the final game by a margin of 10-5 to cap off another successful tournament.

“We had 10 teams with 130 players this year,” said Mike Malare, Reynolds’ brother-in-law. “It’s crazy. We have family and friends here from New Jersey, New York, Arizona and lots from Southern California who came to be a part of this. I bet yesterday we had around 400 people out here.”

The event raises money through player registration, sponsorships, donations, concessions and raffle prizes with all proceeds going to drug prevention and education programs such as Community Recovery Resources and nonprofits like Anew Day, which offer free counseling within the community. This year’s proceeds will also sponsor an academic scholarship as well as two families in need of financial assistance with medical bills. Among those receiving support are Nancy Polino, who was diagnosed with cancer five years ago and undergoing treatment in Europe, and the Larry Terronez family, whose two children suffered the loss of their father and now live with their grandparents. The amount raised from this weekend’s event is estimated to be $6,000-$8,000.

According to Malare, the tournament will “absolutely” be back next year, and the rotary clubs of Nevada County may take over.

“I’ll keep the softball community together so we can keep contributing back,” added Malare.

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