The action at the 9th Annual Jimmy Jackson-Sacha Marino Memorial Softball Tournament was a Father’s Day treat for participants and patrons this weekend at Bel-Air Park in Weed.

Local team D&R Painting made an undefeated run through the tournament bracket to finish No. 1.
D&R became the first back-to-back championship team in the tournament’s history.

Loaded with local talent including tourney Offensive MVP Josh Blankenship and Defensive MVP Patrick Lunney, D&R pounded out a thrilling 17-15 come-from-behind victory over “Spitfire” in the championship game.

An exciting final day of action saw JJ’s Crew square off against Cedar Lanes in the fourth place game.
Cedar Lanes won and headed into the semifinal game against “Spitfire.” Neither team could muster much offense, and Spitfire took the victory and headed to the championship to battle undefeated D&R.

Needing two victories over D&R for the title, “Spitfire” went to work early, pounding out an 11-0 lead through six innings. A second game looked inevitable, but D&R had other plans blasting out 12 runs in the top of the 6th to take the lead.

D&R held their opponent scoreless in the bottom of the 6th then cushioned their lead with a five-run top of the 7th to make it 17-11 heading to the final half inning. Spitfire refused to go quietly, plating four runs and setting up runners at 2nd and 3rd with two outs.

The comeback bid fell short as a final fly ball to left sealed the championship for the boys of D&R Painting.
Following the game, the children of Jimmy and Sacha – Caleb (8 years old), Kamryn (10 years old), Casey (12 years old) and Kara (13 years old) – handed out t-shirts, prize money and a lot of hugs to the top performers.

The top three finishing teams each earned a cash prize that they donated back to the scholarship fund set-up for the Marino-Jackson children.

All-tourney selections included Mark Jones and Tass Croy of Cedar Lanes, Waylon Nelson and Chase Brown of Spitfire, and Adam Crisci and Bobby Reed of D&R Painting.

The tournament’s Home-Run Derby championship was won by Eric Degraffenreid of D&R Painting.
Tournament organizers Rob and Debbie Moser thanked everyone in attendance and the businesses, teams and community members who make the tournament an annual success.

Family and friends make the tournament truly special, and Moser thanked Ralph and Sue Jackson (Jimmy’s parents), Nick and Lisa Marino (Sacha’s parents), Jimmy’s brothers Eddie and Frank Jackson, Randy and Loretta Wright and Caleb, Kara, Casey and Kamryn all for sharing and contributing to the weekend festivities.

Moser thanked Weed Parks and Recreation, Pepsi (Mt. Shasta) and Weed Building Supply for their support of the tournament.

Debbie Moser expressed her gratitude to Dale Anzo and George Whitmer for donating their umpiring services to the tournament.

“Thank you to all the teams and sponsors, you did a great job,” Debbie Moser said. “We appreciate all of the contributions you make each year to put money in a college fund for Jimmy and Sacha’s children.”

The children thanked all the teams and their families for their support and to all the winners who donated their prize money back.

The kids of Jimmy and Sacha gave a special thank you to tournament creator Nacho Escatel.
“Without him we wouldn’t have this tournament. We love him.”