The 2nd edition of the Zachary Siegfried wiffle ball tournament was a glowing success. We had a record 25 teams involved, 21 of which competed in our two day tournament. The first day of action consisted of each non competitive team playing two games and the competitive teams playing 3 in a round of pool play. In our non competitive division we were delighted to have four teams that played for the glory of the game. While they did not keep score they played very hard and shared lots of laughter and smiles. Wiffle ball has a way of keeping us all humble.
The first day of competitive pool play was cut slightly short by thunderous storms and heavy rain. All but four games were finished and when the final scores were tallied The Shockers had the #1 seed for the next day’s single elimination tournament. We decided to keep stats this year and Steve Siegfried took the day’s MVP award with an astonishing 14 strikeouts as a pitcher, 9 RBI’s, and 2 HR’s.
Sunday afternoon 19 teams returned for a full day of tournament play. Perhaps, the story of the day was the upset run of the last place Benchwarmers. Coming into tournament play they were sporting the 19th seed and an 0-3 record but by mid afternoon they had played their way into the final four with 3 consecutive victories. On the other side of the bracket Breeze Bombers were making a convincing push towards the finals by taking down the #1 seed Shockers. Last year’s tournament darlings and grand champions, the Bombers, were finally stopped by the Sweet Spot. The Bombers run was impressive and they will always be remembered as the first grand champion of the Zachary Siegfried Wiffle Ball Tournament.
As the sun peaked out in the early evening we were left with four teams: Breeze Bombers vs. Sweet Spot, and the 19 seeded Benchwarmers vs. the fraternity from Valdosta, GA, Freak Stick. The Breeze Bombers would not be denied as they made quick work of the Sweet Spot finishing them off with a score of 9-4. In a nail biter of a semi-final the outstanding upset bid of the Benchwarmers fell one run shy in a 1-0 defeat to Freak Stick.
This year’s final featured several team mates from previous baseball teams at Sea Breeze High School against a traveling squad from Valdosta State University. The Breeze bombers came out with a quick lead before Freak Stick fought back and by the end of the 4th inning the score was knotted up 4 to 4. It’s hard not to imagine that Zachary Siegfried was smiling in heaven as his favorite number was on grand display in the tournament of his honor. The championship game went into a sudden death home run derby, but one inning of homerun’s wasn’t enough as there needed to be 8 rounds before the tie was broken! With each team fighting hard to secure the four foot trophy and $600.00 prize Freak Stick’s Codee Burton launched a homerun that sailed high over right field and secured the victory for the team from Georgia.
In perhaps the most fitting image of the tournament members of both the Breeze Bombers and Freak Stick huddled together at the conclusion of the championship and had a final word of prayer. We celebrate Freak Stick’s victory and crown them champions of the 2nd annual Zachary Siegfried Wiffle Ball Tournament. We are so proud of each of this year’s teams and wait (almost impatiently) for next year. Photo’s of tournament