On the surface this story may feel like deja vu all over again, but it’s not quite.

Yes, The Family won the Papa Anderson Memorial Softball Tournament during the McCloud Lumberjack Fiesta at Hoo Hoo Park this past weekend.

Yes, they went undefeated on the way to winning the title for the third year in a row and fourth time in the past five years.

Yes, they got together for a photo after the championship game with Virginia Anderson, the wife of the man the tournament’s named after, the mother of the large family of boys who started winning Fiesta tournaments many years ago.

Yes, one of those boys, Billy Anderson, pitched for The Family and pitched well in the unlimited arc softball tournament that can make hitters look silly swinging at big green balls seemingly falling straight down from the sky.

When tournament organizer Ryan Jackson, who is also a Family team member, was asked what it is about the team that makes them so tough to beat at Joe Henson Field, he pointed to the pitching.

“Billy’s consistent; he doesn’t walk a lot of guys,” said Jackson, who coordinated a 2010 tournament that featured 17 teams playing 33 games on two fields, beginning Friday night and continuing through Saturday and Sunday.

Jackson said The Family also plays good defense and “everybody hits well in unlimited arc.”

On Sunday, The Family was without the only other Anderson brother who played this year, Jim, their shortstop, who pulled a quad muscle Saturday.
But they shifted guys around to fill the void and had no trouble winning Sunday afternoon’s championship game, 15-5, over one of the new teams in the tournament, Wolfe Construction from the Humboldt area.

The Got Wood team from Klamath Falls, including McCloud High School graduate Brandon Wood, placed third, while Full Speed from Redding was fourth.

It wasn’t all a walk in the park for The Family. They had to come from behind in two of their early games, one of them a 12-9 win over Callahan after they trailed 9-3 in the third inning.

They also rallied in the fourth inning to defeat Got Wood.

Of the south county teams, Banquet Boys played well, but lost twice on Sunday, to Wolfe Construction and Full Speed.

Jackson said Banquet Boys pitcher Chris Hanson had a good tournament in just his second year throwing unlimited arc.

The Brew Crew also made it to Sunday before falling to Full Speed.

The tournament donated $500 to the McCloud Recreation Council for youth sports in the community.

“It went really well,”?said Jackson, who gave credit to Bobby Reed, Tyler Carmichael and Eric Degraffenreid for the umpiring they did on the upper field and Terry Latham for helping prepare the field.

Family left-centerfielder Brandon Hanley was the tournament MVP?and the team’s top hitter over the weekend.

All-tourney picks for The Family were right-centerfielder Jeff Larson, rightfielder/third baseman Preston, leftfielder Jason Gassaway and first baseman Bubba.

Wolfe Construction’s MVP was their pitcher, Kadle.

All-tourney picks for Got Wood were Justin Gerding of Mount Shasta and Taz Croy of Yreka.

Full Speed placed Rich Henson on the all-tourney team.

Next year, Jackson is hoping for 18 teams.