Raul Ochoa of Odessa’s Mystery connects on a pitch in the first game of a double header against Lubbock’s Jimmy Finchers. (CNJ Photo/Mike Linn)
In a high-scoring game that included several hard-hitting Texans, Lubbock’s Jimmy Finchers was one run better than Odessa’s Mystery in Sunday’s championship game in the men’s competitive division of the Custom Classic softball tournament.
Jimmy Finchers defeated Mystery 32-31 to claim this year’s title on a day where temperatures reached only 79 degrees.
Twice this month temperatures have broken 100 degrees, National Weather Service officials said. But even with modest highs over the weekend, two players were treated for heat exhaustion, tournament officials said.
Roy Hernandez, a member of Mystery’s team, said he enjoyed the Clovis tournament because of the good competition.
“There’s good teams from everywhere, that’s what I like,” he said between innings of the final game.
Opt of Odessa placed third and Los Jeffe of Lubbock placed fourth in the men’s competitive division, which had 13 teams.
In all 119 teams from as far as Fort Stockton, Texas, about 330 miles from Clovis, participated in what organizers described as a highly successful event.
“We got some rain but it didn’t have a major affect on the tournament,” director Jeff Greene said. “All the teams said it was an awesome tournament, as good or better than any of the previous 20 Custom tournaments that we’ve had.”
Greene said this is the first year players at the tournament have suffered from heat stroke and exhaustion.
• Men’s competitive (13 teams): 1. Jimmy Finchers/Zachf 54 (Lubbock); 2. Mystery (Odessa, Texas); 3. Opt (Odessa); 4. Los Jeffe (Lubbock).
• Men’s Division D (43 teams): 1. Jail Birds (Amarillo); 2. Blazers (Albuquerque); 3. Solinos Welding (Littlefield, Texas); 4. BPI (Hereford, Texas).
• Men’s Division E (recreation, 31 teams): 1. Lumbre (Fort Stockton, Texas); 2. Night Crawler (Bovina); 3. Angels (Clovis); 4. OLG (Clovis).
• Women’s competitive (12 teams): 1. Blast (Lubbock); 2. Jazz (El Paso, Texas); 3. Snider Majestic (Clovis/Amarillo); 4. Bombers (Lubbock).
• Women’s recreation (20 teams): 1. Diamond softball (Clovis); 2. Eagles (Clovis); 3. Illusion (Clovis); 4. Lady Foxes (Carlsbad).
Source: Clovis News Journal