Cooters Garage ran circles around the competition during the 2010 Weed Carnevale men’s softball tournament at Bel Air Park.

The team of players from Red Bluff and Chico who love to come to Weed for one weekend each year knocked off a group of locals going by the name Oil Can Boys in Sunday’s championship game, 20-3.

Cooters went undefeated on the way to winning its fourth Carnevale title in the last five years.

“It’s going to be hard to pick all-tourney players this year,”?said Cooters team manager Casey Day of Weed. “Everybody’s been playing great.”

Jeff Thomas took home the offensive MVP?award and Mike Parish was the defensive MVP?for the second year in a row.

“Mike T” and “Homey,”?who hit back-to-back home runs in the final game, made all-tourney.
Chris Hansen and Troy Hagedon were all-tourney for the Oil Can Boys, many of whom play for the Banquet Boys team in the Southern Siskiyou men’s league.

The Brew Crew, another south county team, lost its opener then won four straight in the losers bracket before falling to Oil Can Boys and finishing third.

All-tourney picks for Brew Crew were Gerad Brasch and co-picks Emerson Bryan and Rob Moser.

The Carnevale softball tournament is put on each year as a fundraiser for the Weed High School baseball team.

Some of Saturday’s games had to be played at Sons Park in order to get the tournament completed on time.

“It was a successful tournament for the baseball team,”?said WHS head coach and tournament organizer Josh Oates.

While Oates was busy going all the way to the finals in the Carnevale bocce ball tournament nearby, he said his WHS players ran the tournament with plenty of help from Ross Greene, Nacho Escatel and Eva Escatel.

Oates said the baseball team also wanted to thank:
Pepsi for their donation of soda and energy drinks; Budweiser for the beer booth... Dale Anzo, George Whitmer and Willie Enyart who umpired games this weekend and donated their money back to the Weed High School baseball team; Marlena Duchi for keeping the stat book; and all the teams and patrons for a great weekend of softball.