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A Thank You From Wounded Warrior

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A Thank you from Wounded Warrior
A Thank you from Wounded Warrior
Thank you letter to MVUDSS from the Wounded Warrior Project

2nd Annual Wounded Warrior Tournament

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Summary

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The 2nd Annual Wounded Warrior Project Benefit Tournament was held on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the Big League Dreams Sports Park in Perris, CA.  This event, hosted by Menifee Valley Upper Division Senior Softball, honored the wounded veterans of the military actions following the events of September 11, 2001; as well as those members of our armed forces (both past and present) for their service, dedication, and sacrifices for our country.

Over 300 players, family, and friends attended this year's festivities.  An opening ceremony, 24 softball games, a Home Run Derby, and a raffle were all part of the day's activities.

Opening Ceremony 
The opening ceremony began at 8:15 am with the presentation of the colors.  The presentation was led by retired Air Force Technical Sergeant Roy Lantz, a volunteer member of the Riverside National Cemetery Memorial Honor Detail, accompanied by current active duty members of the United States Air Force Honor Guard stationed at March Air Force Base.

Bob Fuhrmann, a veteran of the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam from 1968-1969 and a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient, threw out the first pitch.  He was assisted by our Menifee Tuesday/Thursday league commissioner Ed Hustead, a World War II and Korean War veteran.

Tournament Games 
Seventeen teams competed in the four-division tournament format with four games played on each of the six fields
The division champions were: 
Recreational League Division - Hemet #1 team
65+ Division - Brandon's Diner
70+ Division - Paradise Chevrolet
Competitive League Division - Grant's Posse                                                                                     

Home Run Derby
Tom Jadwin won the Home Run Derby.  Jack Brunschmid was the runner up.  Fifteen players participated in this event.

The Raffle
Over 50 prizes were raffled off throughout the afternoon; including a softball bat, television, Angels tickets, boom box, and team discounts on team jerseys.

100% of the net profit from the tournament goes to the Wounded Warriors --- $5,008.

Like all big endeavors, there are always lessons learned.  And next year's tournament promises to be bigger and better.

Divisions / Teams

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 Recreational League Teams 65+ Tournament Teams  70+/75+ Tournament Teams  Competitive League Teams 
 H1 - Hemet 1  65A - FV Outlaws 65AAA  70A - Cal Crush 70AAA  GP - Grant's Posse 60AAA
 H2 - Hemet 2  65B - Git-R-Done 65AA  70B - Git-R-Done 70AA  MV - Monday League/BLD Perris 60 Major
 MSSL1 - Menifee 1 (Red)  65C - MSSL Tourney Team 65AAA  70C - Paradise Chevrolet 70 AAA  TG1 - Top Gun 65AAA
 MSSL2 - Menifee 2 (White)  65D - Brandon's Diner 65AAA  70D - Sons of Pitches 70 AAA  TG2 - Top Gun Mavericks 65 Major
     75   - Top Gun 75AAA

Schedule / Field Assignments

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Yankee Dodger  Angel Fenway  Durham  Pawtucket
8:15 Opening Ceremony
       
8:30 MSSL1 (Red) - H1 65A - 65B 65C - 65D 70A - 70B 70C - 70D TG2 - MV
10:00 MSSL2 (White) - H2 75 - 70A 70B - 70C  GP - TG1 65A - 65C 65B - 65D
11:30 Raffle - Part I          
11:30-12:30 Home Run Derby    
   
12:30 Raffle Part II    
   
12:30 70D - 75 MSSL1 (Red) - H2 TG2- TG1  65C - 65B GP - MV 70A - 70C
2:00 Raffle Part III          
2:00 70B - 70D MSSL2 (White) - H1 TG2- GP TG1 - MV 65A - 65D 75 - 70C

Standings

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Divisions  Won  Lost  Runs Scored  Runs Allowed 
Recreational League Teams:  
  H1 - Hemet 1  2  0  14  21      8  13  
  H2 - Hemet 2  1  1  20  8      7  15  
  MSSL1 - Tu/Th Menifee 1 (Red)  1  1  8  15    14    8  
  MSSL2 - Tu/Th Menifee 2 (White)  0  2  7  13    20   21   
65+ Tournament Teams:  
  65A - FV Outlaws 65AAA  0  3  21  8  13  22  12  20
  65B - Git-R-Done 65AA  2  1  22 17  19  21  26  12
  65C - MSSL Tournament Team 65AAA  1  2  13  12  12  16   8  19
  65D - Brandon's Diner 65AAA  3  0  16  26  20  13  17  13
70+/75+ Tournament Teams:    
  70A - Cal Crush 70AAA  1  2  20  14  7  12  15  13
  70B - Git-R-Done 70AA  0  3  12  12  20  20  20  21
  70C - Paradise Chevrolet 70AAA  3  0 (1)  20  20  13 (21)  15  12  7 (22)
  70D - Sons of Pitches 70AAA  2  1   15    15     21   20   14    20 
  75   - Top Gun 75 AAA  2 1  15    14    22   14    15   21
Competitive League Teams:  
  GP - Grant's Posse 60AAA 2  1  19  16  22   10  30 19 
  MV - Monday League/BLD Perris 60 major (Exhibition Team)  3   0  23 30 23   15  16  8
  TG1 - Top Gun 65AAA  0   3  10  10   8   19   24  23
  TG2 - Top Gun Mavericks 65 major 1  2  15 24 19   23   10   22

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