Sam Magera Forestry, a softball team from Wallowa, went undefeated and won the Wallowa Men’s Fourth of July Outlaw Softball Tournament played last Friday and Saturday.

Dean Evans, who has coordinated the annual event 20 of the possibly 30 years the event has been staged, says the number of teams participating this year was eight, down from the 13 or 14 teams that normally play. He said having the Fourth on a Wednesday cuts down on participation because most people do not have a three-day weekend.

SMF defeated Team Squatchy, of Pendleton, in the tourney’s final game by a 15-4 mercy-rule shortened contest. Squatchy had come out of the losers bracket to earn a second shot at SMF, but fared no better than it had the opening round.

Evans said the teams played a round robin on Saturday, and then spent Sunday competing in a double elimination tournament. Sam Magera Forestry concluded the two-day event with a perfect 8-0 record.

The most valuable player for the tournament was Tyler Harshfield who played shortstop for SMF. Winning Saturday’s home run derby was Juan Ventura of Team Valtrex, from Walla Walla, Wash., who hit five out of five home runs.

Shooter’s Bar & Grill, from Lewiston, entered the tournament as the defending champion after defeating Sam Magera in the finals a year ago, but only won fourth place this year.

Third place went to the team that traveled the furthest distance to compete, a team from the Tri-Cities. Main Street Grill, from Wallowa, fielded a team as well.

Evans said temperatures on the field approached the century mark over each of the two days. Too, many bottles of water, hamburgers, and hot dogs were sold during the tournament by the Wallowa High School girls’ softball team.

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