Scott Redd named MVP in NABA's over-50 baseball tournament
Former Dakota Wesleyan baseball player Scott Redd was named the Most Valuable Player of the National Adult Baseball Association's Over 50 and 60 National Fun Tournament in Las Vegas.
Redd, who plays for the South Dakota Jackalopes, was tabbed as the MVP after batting .618, while throwing two complete games and came out of the bullpen to close the championship game of the six-day tournament.
"It was a lot of luck, getting the right pitches at the right time and keeping the body in the right condition at 50," said Redd, who played amateur baseball in Delmont.
"When you play in a 50 and over baseball league, the biggest competition is being able to play games six days in a row no matter who you are playing against."
The Jackalopes, who won the tournament with a perfect 6-0 record, faced teams from Seattle, Denver and New England.
In the championship game, the Jackalopes beat the New England Red Sox 6-2.
NABA also hosts World Series tournaments in Arizona and Florida for divisions ranging from 18-over to 60-over.
"It's neat to see that you are playing against guys from all over the country," said Redd.
The 50-year-old native of Sioux Falls and his teammates, who hail from South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa, are all bonded by their love the game, which drives them to continue to play despite having aches and pains.
"I love the game of baseball and that's why I play," Redd said. "You wake up in the morning and you are sore but you work the kinks out. When you arrive at the ball park and smell that grass, you love the game so much that all the pain goes away."
The Jackalopes were not the only South Dakota adult baseball league team who competed in the Las Vegas tournament. The over 60 South Dakota Pheasants made it to the championship game but lost 5-4 to a team from Atlanta.