The local guys made it closer at this year’s Weed Carnevale Softball Tournament, but Cooters Garage prevailed for like the umpteenth time in the last umpteen-plus-one years.

The local guys made it closer at this year’s Weed Carnevale Softball Tournament, but Cooters Garage prevailed for like the umpteenth time in the last umpteen-plus-one years.

“We love it here,”?said Cooters’ third baseman Stephen Stornetta. “We camp out, go to the brewery, go to the carnival, and have a good time.”

Stornetta’s name will be the first on the new Weed Carnevale Softball Nacho Escatel Award Offensive MVP perpetual plaque.

He had 13 hits in 14 tries over the weekend at Bel Air Park and scored 10 runs in five games.

Three of those games were against the local Brew Crew, which finished second. And the scores were wildly divergent.

In the final winners’ bracket game Saturday, Cooters defeated Brew Crew, 21-7.

After Brew Crew made its way through the elimination bracket to get into Sunday’s championship round, they knocked off Cooters, 32-12.

Then the momentum swung again in the championship game as Cooters won the tournament title with a 26-15 win over Brew Crew.

Mostly from the Chico, Red Bluff and Redding areas, Cooters players get together for three or fourt tournaments a year, according to Stornetta. They win some other ones too, including in Chester and the Red Bluff Summer Slam.

“We’re good friends who have been playing together a long time,”?said Stornetta. “We did what we needed to do. It felt good.”

They come up each summer for some Carnevale weekend fun with Casey Day, who coaches third base. Day’s daughter Holly (Howard) Carpenter is married to Ryan “Cooter” Carpenter, an all-tourney pick at pitcher this year.

The Brew Crew, playing  as Canon’s, is in first place in the South Siskiyou men’s league.

Brew Crew pitcher Dave Schmidt’s name will be the first on the new Weed Carnevale Softball Shaun Davis Award Defensive MVP perpetual plaque.

There were some who thought Brew Crew slugger Eric Degraffenreid had the numbers to be offensive MVP. He went 16-for-21 with at least 5 home runs and 12 runs scored in six games.

Matt "Homey" Holmberg also made all-tourney for Cooters.

Chico Rivera, Eric Degraffenreid, and Schmidt were Brew Crew’s all-tourney picks.

The Banquet Boys from South Siskiyou placed third, placing Curtis Redding and Adam Linebarger on the all-tourney team.

Redding came off the field after making a sterling running catch on a deep drive to right field in the game that determined who was going to make it to the championships from the elimination bracket.

He was replaced by Linebarger, who promptly made a catch higher on the wall in nearly the same spot.

Another local team, Cedar Lanes, placed fourth.

“I’m happy with everything,” said Josh Oates, who organizes the Carnevale tournament as a fundraiser for his Weed High School baseball team. “Early counts show this is a very successful fundraiser for the team. Our most successful year money-wise and probably the best tournament we have had in our three years running it.”

Oates said umpires Dale Anzo, Scott Letendre and George Whitmer all donated their time.

WHS baseball players kept the scorebook and retrieved foul balls and home runs.

Marlena Duchi and Eva Escatel operated the new scoreboard on the rightfield fence. “It was awesome to have them helping,” Josh said. “It was nice to have the scoreboard.”

While Oates was in the thick of the Carnevale bocce ball tournament, he said Ross Greene oversaw the softball. “We couldn’t have done it without him,” Oates said.

“Thank you to all of the participants and team sponsors who came out and made this a successful tournament,” said Oates.