TRR photo by Richard A. Ross
Fremont Benefit Tournament Champions Matthew*s on Main players: Mike Pickett, front left, Glen Rosenberger, Brian ‘Mooner’ Buday, Craig Smith, Derwin Rivera Jason Legenos, Joe Meyer, Matt Buddenhagen, back left, Chris Reichmann, Frank Exner, Mike Weir, Eric Kratz, Billy Smith, Kurt Buddenhagen, Bob Head, Brian Kitson, E.T. Toledo and Keith Shaddock.

Sixth Annual Fremont Benefit Tournament

Matthew's On Main captures Fremont benefit tourney

Men in blue post feisty comeback win over Stone Arch Inn to cap great fundraising weekend

By RICHARD A. ROSS

FREMONT CENTER, NY—In the end, the Sixth Annual Fremont Benefit tournament held on August 6 to 7 was all about the kids. Certainly, the remarkable weekend of non-stop adult softball featuring 11 teams in a double-elimination tournament was rife with action, thrills and memories preserved in the many photos taken during the weekend. (Visit riverreporter.com.) Matthew*s On Main capped off the outstanding marathon of games with a down-to-the-wire comeback 10-9 win over Stone Arch Inn to win the tournament.

While that game and the preliminary battles that led up to it comprise a compelling story soon to be recounted, the enduring value of the tournament lies in its contribution to two great causes directly related to children.

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Monticello Men’s Softball Playoffs

One punch and out

By RICHARD A. ROSS

MONTICELLO, NY —Just like that it was over.

It should have been a best of three series, but after Lewis Auto Parts blanked Trotters Tavern 10-0 in a five-inning series opener abbreviated by the 10-run rule on August 1, Trotters players decided they had had enough and forfeited the second game along with the series. The victory catapults Lewis (14-2) into a best-of-three series against undefeated Fitness Factory (15-0). Twice this season Lewis has come up short by one run against Fitness, the team that most pundits consider the best of the lot in 2005.

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Sullivan County Community College Summer League Boys Basketball Playoffs

New kids soar to the top

By RICHARD A. ROSS

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY—Their gleaming smiles said it all.

The joy of Liberty’s 39-34 summer-league-championship win over Sullivan West on August 4 was sweet, made sweeter by Liberty’s recent basketball doldrums (6-14 last winter). Truth be told the win wasn’t all that surprising.

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