SUISUN CITY — Once again, they came to play.
The Matt Garcia Foundation hosted its Sixth Annual Softball Tournament Saturday and Sunday at Lambrecht Sports Complex in Suisun City.
Foundation members Dave Diaz, Scott Siordia and Thomas Pope organized the event.
“This is our biggest year,” Diaz said.
The group started the fundraiser in November 2008, said Diaz, two months after Fairfield’s youngest city council member was shot and killed in a case of mistaken identity.
“His heart was about the youth,” said board member Cynthia Malloy. This event “continues his legacy.”
Diaz, Siordia and Pope grew up with Garcia and played city league softball with him on the team MG Hitters.
The weekend’s tournament brought together the original team and raised funds for the foundation.
“It’s a way of giving back,” Malloy said.
The tournament, sponsored by Lopez Maintenance and Flooring, featured 321 players and 21 teams from all over the Bay Area.
The Garcia family supplied the barbecue, while a DJ and face-painting provided “entertainment for everyone’s taste,” Diaz said.
Hundreds, maybe even 1,000 people, showed up, he said.
Closing the tournament in the championship games Sunday were coed teams Concrete Works, of Fairfield, and defending champions Do Not Disturb, of Benicia, as well as defending champs BFT and Kung-Pow BDV, both of Fairfield, in the men’s group.
There was “a lot of good energy,” said Diaz. “Everyone was really upbeat.”
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