2021 NIAA tournament draws record number of teams to Soboba

A member of the AZ Brewers team goes for a hit against Barona during tournament play at Soboba Sports Complex Sept. 18.
Soboba hosted its 11th NIAA Fastpitch Softball Tournament Sept. 17 through 19 and had a record number of teams competing. With 12 men’s teams and 13 women’s teams, ballfields at the Soboba Sports Complex and The Oaks were constantly filled throughout the weekend. Each year, the Soboba Indian Reservation invites teams from all over North America to participate in the National Indian Athletic Association All Native Fastpitch Softball tournament. Apart from last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down sporting events, the tournaments at Soboba have always been well received. Pat Placencia, one of several volunteer scorekeepers for the three days of games who also helps organize the event each year, said it wasn’t difficult to find interested participants. “We have a
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