Story last updated at 2:44 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2002

Tournament of Champions crowns softball and baseball district winners
photo: sports
  Photo by Sepp Jannotta, Homer News
Sierra Smith contemplates her next pitch Thursday at Karen Hornaday Fields during the major softball final at the Tournament of Champions.  
Some of Homer's youth baseball and softball wrapped up regular seasons last weekend at Karen Hornaday Fields with the Tournament of Champions.

In junior baseball, the Diamondbacks beat the Devil Rays 26-5 to earn the tournament win.

In major baseball, the undefeated Mariners beat the Tigers 7-1 behind the pitched of Kama Chow.

In softball action, the Rangers won athe major tournament, while the Blue Jays took the junior bracket.

The District 1 Senior Softball Allstar Tournmment begins Saturday at Karen Hornaday with five teams battling it out for a the district title. The round-robin tourney gets started with opening ceremonies at 11 a.m., followed by games Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 4 p.m. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the games will be at 2 and 5 p.m. The championship is scheduled for Thursday at 2 p.m.

The winner of the tournament will represent the district at the State Tournament.

In the unsung heroes category, the Reds opened the major baseball tournament by knocking off the Tigers in extra innings to earn their first win of the season.

The Reds celebrated as though they'd just won the World Series, according to Bill Bell, an umpire and major contributor to youth baseball and softball in Homer.

"They just went bonkers," Bell said.

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