Maderans and Bobby Sox softball fanatics Phil and Debbie Magos deserve big thanks for all the work they did in bringing the national Bobby Sox Tournament of Champions to Madera over the weekend.
If you were anywhere near Lions Town and Country Park Friday through Monday, you saw a lot of activity going on — teams playing, families and other onlookers cheering from bleachers, coaches urging their players to do just a little better and people flat-out enjoying the game of softball.
The Bobby Sox goal is to let everyone play, and within age brackets, starting at about 5 years old and going up to 18, everyone does. I watched one game in which the players weren’t any taller than four feet — 5- and 6-year-olds — and they were fun to watch. Not only were they doing their best to bat, run and throw, but they were having a grand time doing it. Their sportsmanship was something to behold.
For them, just being in a tournament was a high honor. They treated their opponents with respect, they had fun and most of time, when they made mistakes, they picked themselves up and kept on playing. What a great experience for kids.
Madera was at its best, with great weather, perfect playing fields and dishing out gracious hospitality to the players and their families whenever possible.
Madera businesses seemed to be doing well, too. Hotels reportedly were full, and restaurants did a good trade. This was one of those situations in which a good time was had by all.
Bringing the tournament to town wasn’t easy. Sponsors were hard to come by, Debbie said. But they managed to bring the event off successfully. Bobbie Sox national officials raved about Madera, saying it was the best place they had played.
Phil and Debbie, the Madera Parks and Community Services Department and all those who helped deserve a big tip of the softball cap.