Fifteen teams duked it out in the double-elimination Travis Field memorial softball tournament at the Terry King ball field in Amagansett over the weekend, and the Mighty Midgetts, Brian Midgett’s team, came out on top.
The Midgetts prevailed over Uihlein’s 17-12 in a key semifinal matchup of theretofore undefeated teams in the winners bracket, clinching the championship for last year’s runners-up. Uihlein’s placed second, the Bad News Bubs, last year’s champion, third, and the Pink Panthers, a team managed by Brian Anderson, one of the tournament’s founders, fourth.
“It was great to see so many teams this year, though we’re still shooting for more,” Anderson said Tuesday morning. “We’d like this tournament to grow. If we do get 16 or more teams, we may have to add another day or use two fields. People came from as far away as the city to play. Some of the guys on the Mighty Midgetts are from Riverhead and the North Fork. We’re happy to have them come here and have fun.”
Last year’s tourney had raised “just shy of $11,000,” said Anderson, who added that Travis Field scholarships had gone this year to Ryan Joudeh, Dana Dragone, Tanae Walker, and Nicole Miksinski. The scholarship awards are to go to East Hampton High School senior athletes who “display great leadership in sports, love their school and community, and show kindness to others.”
It was the fifth year for the tourney, which was begun in 2008 by Anderson, Andy Tuthill, Mike Graham, Austin Bahns, and David Samot Jr. in memory of their friend, Travis Field, who died in a car accident that May at the age of 20.