PHOTOS: Castlegar slo-pitch windup tournament

Castlegar Slo-pitch tourney well run event and great fun for all

Joseph Bell of the Mad Batters takes a swing during slo-pitch action at Kinnaird Park in Castlegar on Friday

Joseph Bell of the Mad Batters takes a swing during slo-pitch action at Kinnaird Park in Castlegar on Friday

It was high-arching acton at Kinnaird Park July 12 to 14 as 15 local teams vied for supremacy in the annual Castlegar Slo-pitch Windup Tournament.

The winning teams were the Flyers in the “A”division, the Mitchell’s in “B” and the Misfits in “C”.

Games started Friday night and went all weekend long.

Often dubbed a “beer league” the Castlegar Slo-pitch league is actually an NSA (National Slo-Pitch Athletics of Canada) league that is made up of 15 teams.

Don’t let the moniker fool you, the ball is surprisingly competitive and the umpires may have had the most challenging positions on the diamond at times. That said, the rules are a little more relaxed than most sports and at the end of the day, it’s all about having fun.

After the final game was over, Most Valuable Player awards were handed out. The winners were:

Bashers – Cheryl Buday & Bryan Friesen; Balls Deep – Kristy Gienger & Darryl Zol; Brew Crew – Amber Jones & Wesley Greep; Flyers –  Char Dumont & Ryan “Garbage” Verigin; Heads Up – Clara Conkin & Stu Cassidy; Honkey Donkeys – Sarah Hyson & Ryan “Cow” Matthews; Mad Batters – Desiree LePage & Joe Bell; Master Batters – Kalynn Cook & Adam Turnbull; Maulers – Marian Shlakoff &  Sterling Chambers; Misfits – Tara Perepolkin & Ory Jimenez; Mitchell’s Maniacs – Dez Profili & William Winston; Outlaws – Hailey Saliken & JR Ross; Robson Fire – Lisa Debolt & Darcy Walker; Salty Nuts – Taya Mathers & Ron Bird;  Zombies – Kirty MacKinnon & Tyler Moffat

Between the occasional comments to the umps about specific calls, there was plenty of laughter, cheering and gentle jabs at the opposition.

The slo-pitch tournament season may have wound up but Tuesdays and Thursday are drop-in nights for anyone interested up at Kinnaird Park; start time is 6:30 p.m.

The executive wanted to express thanks to the Slo-pitch Tournament Committee who stepped up to help run the event, the City of Castlegar, the RDCK, the Ice Guy, Deb and ladies in the concession.  The tournament committee members are: Travis Ready, Jasson Chaves, Kristy Skinner and Carmen Hanham. Members of the executive are: Tom Campbell, president; Kim Francis, secretary;  Lease Macgregor, Treasurer and Steve Ferreira, vice-president.