Jimbo Anderson’s 53 year old body didn’t respond exactly how he intended while sliding into second base Saturday afternoon at Hoo Hoo Park in McCloud.
The Family’s shortstop rolled over in a cloud of dust and grimaced from the burn of a scuffed leg.
He was safe on the play and stayed in the game to help his team score a 23-16 victory over Team Callahan and advance to the semifinals of the Papa Anderson Memorial Tournament, which is named for Jimbo’s late father and Family head coach.
It was a younger and new  team member, Justin Gerding of Mount Shasta, who struck the decisive blow to lift The Family to their second consecutive championship on Sunday.
Undefeated in the double elimination tournament going into the championship round, The Family trailed The X-Men by a run in the final inning.
Gerding ended the game and the tournament with a two-run home run. Then he was named one of two tournament MVPs.
Family pitcher and all-tourney pick Billy Anderson said they picked Gerding up this year when one of their players from Sonora couldn’t make it.
“We were glad to have him,” Billy said. “He had a heck of a tourney, came up clutch when we needed him. He made some great plays in centerfield.”
The Family also had to rally in their last at-bat to win the final winners bracket game, 4-3, over The X-Men earlier Sunday. Jason Gasaway drove in the winning run that time with a ground ball up the middle.
All-tourney picks for the champions included Brian “Bubba” Sells, Jay Caldeira, Billy Anderson and Ryan Jackson, the tournament director.
This year’s other MVP?was X-Men pitcher Kenny Black, who is known as Hoot.
Billy and Hoot are two old hands at unlimited arc softball, and when they’re on they throw pitches 30 feet in the air and land them on the plate. It can be tough to hit, as their two Sunday final scores showed, 4-3 and 7-6.
Billy admitted that Hoot had it going the best this year. “If he did miss, it was just barely,”?Billy said.
Terry Lathom, Jeromy Buhl and Chris Foster made all-tourney for X-Men, while Tass Croy and Jason were all-tourney for the third place Got Wood team.
Legacy placed fourth, earning an all-tourney spot for Jason Weigand.
As is customary during a Family post-tournament celebration, Virginia “Mama”?Anderson joined The Family players and families for photos.
Billy, Jimbo and Jerry were the only Anderson brothers to play in this year’s tournament, which Billy noted marked the 10th year after their dad passed.
Brother Lenny was in the dugout recovering from an illness. The other brothers were either ill or injured.
They’ve won a bunch of Lumberjack Fiesta softball tournaments over the years,  dating back to when Ken “Papa”?Anderson coached the team. Sometimes the field was filled with Anderson brothers.
“Every year it’s more of a thrill,” said Billy. “We wanted it this year, but we want it every year.”
Ryan Jackson thanked Dean Adams for donating his time with a backhoe to fix the field, and the McCloud Recreation Council and Jason Carter and Danny Bebbe, who brought in a fence for the upper field so the 16 team tournament could be played on two fields.
Local teams in the field included Banquet Boys, Tucci Camp, Roxy’s Vets Club, the Elks and Rollin’ Rock, along with teams from Yreka, Sonora, Placerville and Klamath Falls.