Superfly Distilling Company’s third baseman, Jen Hirley, snags the ball to get the out during one of the Slippery Banana Belt tournament games. The Pilot/Steve Kadel
For the second weekend in a row, Brookings-Harbor was filled with softball players Saturday and Sunday for the Slippery Banana Belt Softball Tournament.
Men’s teams played Feb. 18-19 while women’s teams took over Feb. 25-26. The games were held at the Azalea Park fields.
Tournament organizer Barb Glazebrook said 23 teams came from out of town.
“That’s a little more than usual,” she said. “We usually have 18 teams. There were lots of teams in town.”
Brookings’ only entry in the 24-tournament field – Superfly Distilling Co. – won its first game Saturday. The pink-clad team turned back Four Daughters of Medford, 12-9.
However, Superfly lost its next two games the same day to be eliminated.
Unlike the good weather for the men’s tournament a week earlier, rain fell off and on Saturday to give the annual winter tournament its traditional muddy flair.
No one complained, though.
“They like it swampy,” joked Jeff Nelson of Eugene, who drove with his wife, Hannah, their two daughters and miniature Australian shepherd to watch Hannah play for the Misfits.
Nelson came prepared with a tent he set up on the grass along the first base side of the field, staying dry even during occasional bursts of rain.
Team D’Carlo of Ashland won the women’s upper competition with Ruth’s Repair of Grants Pass coming in second. The Outlaws of Medford took first place in the lower division with the Slackers of Medford second.
When everything was over, there were some muddy uniforms but lots of smiles among players – win or lose.
“This is when we get to play in the mud and nobody says anything,” Sabrina Zeulner of Medford said with a laugh.