Charity starts at home plate

SOFTBALL: Tournament generates 23 barrels full of toys and food for needy kids
By: Journal Sports Staff
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Christmas is still two months away, but the spirit of giving was already present at Motherlode Toys for Tots IX. The annual softball tournament, which took place Saturday and Sunday at Auburn’s Regional Park, generated 17 barrels full of toys for needy children and six more barrels full of food. Chris Stamps, area director for the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), was unsure how much was raised in additional funds. “The jury’s always out until I do expenses and do the books,” Stamps said. Still, Stamps knew this much: “Donations are down because of the economy this year.” Stamps said 24 teams competed in the tournament this year — 12 in the men’s division, six in the women’s division and six more in the co-ed division. Team Launch of El Dorado Hills won the men’s championship, while I’d Hit It, a team out of Davis, captured the women’s crown. The Power Weasels of Grass Valley took the co-ed title.