The sixth annual Bomb-Fest Slow Pitch Softball Tournament played out last weekend at Millpond with the men’s teams battling it out on Saturday, followed by the coed teams on Sunday.
A lot of the names and faces were familiar, with Sweetwater, Reds and Mad Batters among the seven men’s teams competing for the tournament championship.
The champions of both the men’s and coed divisions, however, were teams from Northern California: Deaf Row, men’s champion, and Judoknome, coed champ.
Both teams, as well as one additional coed contender, were made up of hearing-impaired players.
According to tournament organizer Jon Nicholson, Deaf Row has one hearing player and three with only partial hearing. The other players communicate by sign language. Of the two coed teams, only six of the players are not hearing impaired.
Both Deaf Row and Judoknome went through the tournament undefeated.
“These deaf athletes are down-to-earth,” said Nicholson, “play very hard, have great attitudes and hold themselves high.”
Local individuals and businesses that contributed to the success of the tournament included Devon’s Flower Patch, Bar-B-Que Bill’s, Rusty’s, McMurry’s, Earlene Brown and crew with the concession stand, Stacey at Millpond Campground, Gillespie Distribution, Ken Tiedemann, Josh Miller, Barrit Todd, John Ramirez, Rich and Marilyn Nicholson and Brandy Marie Taylor.
“It was a team effort and I couldn’t do it without them,” said Nicholson.