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Tournament Director Jessica Passoni flanks our St. Patrick’s sponsor’s banner. (Photo by King Mitchell)

Tournament Director Jessica Passoni flanks our St. Patrick’s sponsor’s banner. (Photo by King Mitchell)

King Mitchell

Well, softball fans, the big news? Our St. Patrick’s Day Tournament is in the books! Yep, a full day of softball “dramedy” with music from DJ Paul Auster, lively patter from the PA announcer (he’s so good), and burgers, brats, and beverages! Sponsored (thank you) by Wildfire Wing Company and Golf Cars of Arizona and, again, Window Wizards on the brats and dogs (burgers by Chef Joe Passoni). Give our sponsors a try, folks!

Starting at 8:30 (yes, a.m.) in Community/Coyote, Wildfire Wings just nipped Desert Life Pharmacy 15-14. And, yes! The Wingers “dittoed” that in the second half of their doubleheader at 10 a.m., taking Golf Cars of Arizona by the identical 15-14 score. In the Recreational/Sidewinder game, Pride Mechanical “hammered” Rancheros Market 20-9. Finally, in the 1 p.m. Competitive game, Kristy McInnis/Coldwell Banker Realty eased by Player’s Pub 17-13.

A special thanks to our tournament/events director Jessica Passoni and all the volunteers who put this wing-ding together. And, of course, to all the fans who came out to watch.

Next up! Memorial Day Tournament on Monday, May 29. Be there or be rectangular.

Anyhoo, league action! Well, here in our 11th week of action, some leagues have gotten in just five games, and some have gotten in all 11. Mother Nature—whatcha gonna do? In Monday Recreational, the Community Church at SaddleBrooke has a commanding lead at 6-1 over Concierge Heating and Cooling at 1-6. Ouch!

Over in Monday Community, we’ve got five teams battling it out for the “we are the champions” bragging rights. My preseason pick, DS Builders, has the league lead at 5-2, but Dominick’s Real Italian and Firetruck Brewing are right in there at 5 ‘n’ 4 and 4 ‘n’ 4, respectively. Meanstwhile, Coyote Golf Cars at 4-5 and Copper Health Oro Valley at 3-6 have got their work cut out for them.

On to Tuesday, where in Community, Golf Cars of Arizona at 4-4 is deadlocked with Hardin Brothers Automotive also at 4-4. In Tuesday Competitive, AZ Indoor Air has a solid lead at 7-2 over Andy’s Irrigation at 4-7 and Barron’s Electric at 5-7.

Over to Wednesday, in Community, Jim Click Auto Group has a slim league lead at 3-2 over Healthy Skin Dermatology at 2-3, as this league didn’t get in their game again this week. Looks like they’ll be battling to the finish. In Sidewinder, a battle is going on as well, with Catalina Family Dental at 5-3, Canine & Company at 3-3, and Brittni Gutman-Allstate getting all “mayhemed” at 2-4. The “Mayhemers” didn’t get a chance to make up ground this week, as their game got canceled.

On Thursdays in the over-65 (wheezer) league, Absolutely Art has a solid lead at 6-4 over AARP Information Center at 4-6 and Ambient Air Heating and Cooling at 4-4. The Artists gotta keep the brush to the canvas, though, if they want to take home the championship trophy.

Finally, on Fridays in Competitive, a hot battle is cooking between Bubb’s Grubb at 4-4 with Big Bear Garage Door, also at 4-4. In Friday Community, what the hey? Player’s Pub is just plain pounding down their competition at 10-2! With just four weeks to go, Mitsubishi Air Purifiers at 3-7 and Wanda Fudge-Long Realty at 3-7 are just battling to stay out of the cellar.

This current season ends on April 14, with the SaddleBrooke Senior Softball Association annual Spring Playoffs the following week, and then a two- to three-week break before the softballers start up again. Meantime, come on down to the field and check us out one of these days for some softball drama and comedy. You can also surf us on the net at