After winning the regular season title for the second time in three years, Grand Cafe Sir Pizza is looking to defend their tournament title from last year. Winning the regular season with 13 Wins and 4 Losses, they are the top seed and will start off the tournament against 8th seeded Northside Barbershop at 11:00 am at Benjamin Davis Park. Head Coach Janie Mena has managed to keep her family oriented team together over the years by simply being just that: Family. In what is a good lesson for us all, it has led to success on the field as well. Eight teams made the playoffs and there will be a one game playoff to decide who gets the second seed at 10:00 am. But after that the Tournament starts at 11:00 am (see schedule below) with the Championship Game set to be played at 2:00 pm. Awards and an end of the year picnic complete with music provided by Victor Vasquez. The League was fun, competitive and family oriented. I myself grew up watching the old Ingham County League, The Tri-County League playing baseball at Sycamore, and Municipal Park, Washington Ave. Park when there were two fields (before the skating rink). We traveled to Lake Odessa, Charlotte, Eaton Rapids, and Albion. Cooking out on Sundays was an event to look forward to even cooking out with the team that killed your dad’s team was fun. I miss those days. It always looked to me that “Gente” worked together. As we all know, “Gente” does not always work together for the betterment of our own Cultura. This league gives me hope as although there are many disagreements, Gilbert, Olivia and Al, serve as responsible leaders giving up their Sundays for the many families that enjoy the Latin American League. The season began on May 4th with a Opening Day remembering the lovely face and spirit that Maggie Noyola gave everyone. With Gilbert Arcaute as President, Olivia Mejarado as Secretary-Treasurer and Al Mejorado as Director and Umpire, the league once again had a steady and successful season. Al and Olivia celebrated 40 years of involvement which much credit should be given to them for all the work they do keeping the league running all these years. If you get the chance, drop by Benjamin Davis Park. I may be sentimental, but there is plenty of history in this league. Many of us grew up at Comstock Park and Bancroft Park watching the games and staying for a few hours socializing well before Facebook became the best way to see how your Compadres were doing. One game playoff: Los Locos vs. Del Rio Softball Latin American Coed Softball League Tournament Game 1 ~ 11:00 am Grand Cafe Sir Pizza vs. Northside Barbershop Game 2 ~ 11:00 am Los Locos/Del Rio winner vs. Lansing Athletics Game 3 ~ 12:00 pm Haslett Famous Taco vs. Got the Runs Game 4 ~ 12:00 pm Los Locos/Del Rio loser vs. Motorcars of Lansing Game 5 ~ 1:00 pm Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner Game 6 ~ 1:00 pm Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner. Game 7 ~ 2:00 Championship Game
Latin American Coed Softball League
Opening day was Sunday, May 4, 2014 as 12 teams began the season with the family of Maggie Noyola, Ed, Leticia and Frank throwing out the Ceremonial First Pitch for the League. Monica Ortiz sang the National Anthem and for the league that has been in existence since the early 1970’s. Congratulations go out to Al and Olivia Mejorado who have been part of the Latino leagues for 40 years. With 7 teams coming back from last season and 5 new teams, the league runs thru mid August with its playoffs and league picnic to be held on Sunday, August 10, 2014. The league has always been a family friendly league with many teams comprised of family members. It also is a competitive league as no on likes to lose to say the least. With League President Gilbert Arcaute and Secretary-Treasurer Olivia Mejorado in charge, the league looks forward to continuing a tradition of Latino Ball that started in 1946 when locally, teams began to organize and play baseball.
The League has 9 teams on board this season, and can boast of a 350 person community with a softball history dating back to the mid 1980′s. With Gilbert Arcaute taking over the Director position from Al Salas, and Olivia Mejorado continuing in her role as Secretary/Treasurer, the League continues to have solid leadership. For more information about the League please contact Olivia Mejorado or Gilbert Arcaute.