Dempsey & Baxter (Erie) were crowned champions of the 15th Annual Woody Keyser Open Modified Tournament held in Westfield. D&B went undefeated on the way to their second Woody Championship trophy.
The Pennsylvania squad defeated last year's champion Big Daddy's (Dunkirk) in the finals. Mayville Diner (Westfield/Mayville) finished in third place in the eight team double elimination tournament.
The bats of the Harborcreek Modifed League broke out early by defeating Larry's Cantina (Westfield). The next round D&B defeated Dunkirk Fastpitch. Then in the winners bracket final, Saturday night they defeated Big Daddy's. In Sunday's games, the young team from Westfield (Mayville Diner) knocked off Larry's Cantina, but was not able to get by the hard hitting Big Daddy's team. In a rematch of the Saturday winner's bracket finals, D&B matched up against Big Daddy's. D&B jumped out to an early lead and held on late 13-7.
Pictured above is Dempsey & Baxter, winners of the 15th Annual Woody Keyser Softball Tournament.
At the plate throughout the weekend, Shane Braendel (4 HRs, 10 RBI), Jordan Farg (4 HRs, 8 RBI), Tony Cruz (4 HRs, 7 RBI) led the way for the Erie team. Buck Gilbert threw all four games and went undefeated striking out eight over nineteen innings of work.
Tournament organizers would like to thank the community and sponsors for their continued support and donations. Also, thank you to all teams and players who participated. Special thanks to the Westfield Recreation Department and the Village of Westfield staff. In addition, thanks to the Westfield Youth Wrestling program for running the chicken BBQ and concession stand.