2013: Off to Soccer First in Dublin; Tampa Bay Wiffle Wins Rematch of 2012 Final
Updated: May 24
It wasn’t easy to get eight leagues to travel to the middle of Ohio in the dead heat of July the year before. However, all eight were glad they did. The first tournament was a success, and the next year the tournament had five new teams sign up. It was going to be a 13 team tournament, but unfortunately, Washburn had to drop out due to a tragedy involving one of their league players.
Josh Smith and Ryan Winfield left the host committee, and they were replaced with Sam Skibbe from SWBL, Jeremy Ratajczyk from GBL, and Brian Meyers from KWL. The early plans were to return to the St. James Church, but it didn’t work out. It turned out to be a blessing, as the tournament was then moved to the Soccer First facility in nearby Dublin.
The tournament was still planned the same weekend as the London Tournament, but it wasn’t planned around it. Also, the host committee added Friday Night festivities which included a home run derby and an all-star game. They also added a Dangerfield Tournament for the teams who went 0-2 in double elimination play.
The 2013 championship was a rematch from the year before, however, this time Tampa won.
Champions: Tampa Bay Wiffle
Tournament MVP: Chris Harley, TBW
Home Run Derby Champion: Ryan Bush, OCWA
ASG MVP: Jay Moore, MYWL
All Tournament Team:
Pitchers: Ryan Bush (OCWA), Chris Harley (TBW), Dan Recchio (HRL)
Hitters: Brett Bigler (OCWA), Sam Skibbe (SWBL), Aaron Torchio (CWBC)
Fielder: Kevin Higman (PWL)
Manager: Derek Linderman (TBW)
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