The City of Ukiah Community Services Department wrapped up its summer men's softball season on Monday, August 10. The number of teams registering this year set a new record with 60 teams playing in four divisions, including our new Wood Bat League. The adult softball program continues to be extremely popular, consistently drawing teams, players, and fans from Fort Bragg, Laytonville, Covelo, Willits, Cloverdale, and Lake County, as well as here in Ukiah.

In the B3 Mondays league, the Schat's Bakery/Reliable Mill team ran the table during the regular season going 10-0. However, they were beaten soundly 19-5 in the championship by B&C Grocery of Fort Bragg and their MVP Casey Ales. That makes three straight championships for B&C in Ukiah's top league.

The B5 Tuesdays division saw Dave's Trailer Repair go undefeated through the regular season and win the playoffs. Led by MVP Brad Wood, they scrapped out an 11-10 win in the semifinals against Frank Howard Tax Service before blowing out Vintage Drywall in the championship.

The Wood Bat division was a new league this year and was received with much enthusiasm. In another upset of a previously undefeated team, Katie Stout of Century 21 Les Ryan Realty beat Got Wood? of Fort Bragg in a hard-fought final. Got Wood? was sitting pretty with no losses in the double-elimination playoff, but the Katie Stout team pulled off back-to-back wins to take home the title. Big hitter Jeffrey Harpe was named MVP and was the only player to hit an over-the-fence home run with a wood bat all season.

The B4 Friday night division was up for grabs with any of eight teams capable of winning the championship. Number one seed Rock Stop out of Fort Bragg eventually won in a tight 5-3 game over a dangerous Boonville team. Boonville had put up 40 runs combined in their first two playoff games knocking off the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds but couldn't crack the defense of Rock Stop and their MVP Tim Gitchel.

Co-ed and Fall Ball seasons will get under way this week and next. Co-ed softball plays Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays while Men's Fall Ball plays on Mondays and Thursdays. This year there are 47 Co-ed teams and 28 Fall Ball teams signed up and ready to go.