Tony Mora Senior Memorial tourney mixes softball and sunshine
With about a dozen teams visiting from around the state, the Tony Mora Sr. Memorial Tournament readies for its 27th edition a week from this Friday.
The tournament, which celebrates the memory of a local World War II veteran welcomes softball teams of players ages 16 or older to participate June 25-26.
Teams play seven-inning games, with the money raised in concessions and signups going to a scholarship for Quincy High School students.
“We have been doing that for the past 15 or 20 years,” Tony Mora Jr., said in an interview.
The tournament, of course, is older.
“When my dad passed away in 1989, we started it as a family,” Mora Sr., said, adding that when his 12 sisters were younger, they started a softball team called Tony’s Girls, which served as the genesis for the idea of a tourney later on.
“They actually competed in Arizona at nationals and played in the championship in the early 1990s,” Mora Jr., said. “Dad’s philosophy (of staying active) he started with the girls’ team and then we started a team with my brother and all my brothers-in-law since we had so many.”The community has made this tournament into a tradition, with concession stands and strong support, which translates into good prizes every year.
“We usually field 10 to 14 teams,” Mora Jr., said. “We give 15 jackets to the lower division championships and 13 jackets to the upper division championships, so we give out a really good package.”In addition, there are awards to the most inspirational player, as well as an end-of-the-tournament dedication from players to loved ones they have lost, Mora Jr., said.
With 27 years of softball, many teams include the children of people who played in the early years of the tourney.
“I ran into one little kid at graduation and he was telling me, ‘Mr. Mora, can I play with my dad?’ He was only 14, but he was itching to play in the big Tony Mora Sr. tournament. That’s just awesome.”
To sign up, contact Mora Jr. at 750-1970.
By Sebastian Moraga, email@example.com