REC SOFTBALL: Annual Garlic Festival Tournament decided in winner-take-all final

Raul Salgado of Team Talamo bats during their game against Team

Team Talamo defeats Lil Mack’s twice for title
Team Talamo needed two victories in the finals to earn the championship of the 26th annual Men’s ‘E’ Garlic Festival Softball Tournament on Sunday afternoon at Christmas Hill Park.

And that’s what it went out and did.

Talamo, finishing the double-elimination event with a 7-1 mark, rallied for six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to upset Lil Mack’s 12-11 in the first game of the finals.

Talamo scored 17 runs in the first three innings of the finale to hold off Lil Mack’s 20-12 in the winner-take-all rematch.

To reach the finals, Lil Mack’s first powered past five foes. Lil Mack’s edged Team FUPA 11-10, defeated Team Shrekstr 14-3 and topped Freddie Sanchez Hardwood Floors 14-6 to make Sunday’s final four unbeaten clubs.

After defeating Team Walnuts 22-2, Lil Mack’s completed the run with an 18-12 nod over Freedom Meat Locker.

Graig Martinez went 4-for-4 with a home run and Abel Martinez scored four runs for Lil Mack’s.

Freedom Meat Locker came away with the third-place trophy with three victories, including a 20-12 win over Team Talamo in the semifinals.

Chris Mora homered in a four-hit showing and Brant Mays homered, tripled and singled for Freedom Meat Locker.

Self Made earned the fourth-place awards with five victories in seven outings, including wins Sunday over Just Blaze, 19-1, and Team Walnuts, 13-4. Jose Gamboa hit two home runs in the victory over Team Walnuts.

Hit Me of Barstow and Team Walnuts earned the fifth-place awards.

The tournament drew teams from Barstow, Watsonville, Los Banos, Hollister, Santa Clara and San Jose.

The Garlic Festival Tournament was co-sponsored by Attorney at Law Andrea L. Fortino, Station 55, Masters Auto Collision, Rich Freedman Real Estate and Talamo Foods.

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