In case there was any doubt about which was the top team in the Amador County Recreation Agency’s men’s slowpitch softball league, the Jackson Rancheria Warriors reminded everybody … again.
On Monday night at Pioneer Park, the Warriors extended their reign by winning a fourth straight league championship, beating rival Roaring Camp in a winner-take-all showdown.
Sponsored by the Jackson Rancheria, the Warriors were started by friends Earl Dalton, Ricky Shearer, Tim Wilson, Xavier Romero and Jared Konvalen, more than a decade ago. After some lean years in the winning department early on, the Warriors finally ascended to the top in 2014, dethroning Roaring Camp to win their first league championship.
Roaring Camp reclaimed the championship in 2015, but the Warriors took it back in 2016 and haven’t looked back, winning titles in 2017, 2018 and now 2019.
The top seed in this year’s double-elimination playoffs, the Warriors advanced to Monday’s finals unbeaten in the playoffs, then shrugged off a loss to Roaring Camp in the first game Monday by winning the winner-take-all rematch later that night.
While the Warriors won their fourth straight league championship on Monday night, the Ballers of Valley Springs will be playing for a fifth straight championship in the Calaveras Adult Slowpitch Association Men’s League on Friday night, when they face the Hitmen of Mountain Ranch in the league finals at 6:45 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park in Valley Springs.