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Highballs devour the Shooters
It was the ladies’ turn to sparkle on the ball diamonds of Glenora’s Waldon Park Saturday and Sunday.
Following the Closson Classic men’s oldtimers’ fastball tournament the previous weekend, seven teams took part in the annual All Chicks slo-pitch tournament. One team dropped out of the field at the last minute, causing organizer Leanne Closson to redo the draw, but she made it work.
“Everyone played lots of games,’’ she said.
Following a four-game series to kick things off, teams went into playoff mode to decide the winners.
Highballs of Victoria captured first place with a 14-11 victory over the hometown Shooters in the final game.
“The bats just weren’t quite there,’’ said Closson, who also happens to play for the Shooters, but was still sidelined with an injury for this tournament.
Errors also proved costly for the Shooters, who beat the Highballs 20-11 in a lead-up to the final just a short time earlier.
Diamond Divas of Victoria claimed third place, with Mustache Riders — a combined Nanaimo, Parksville and Port Alberni entry — taking fourth, Paralyzers of Ladysmith fifth, Wild Cats sixth and Sistas seventh.
Fundraising still yielded decent amounts for a variety of causes despite the decrease from last year’s nine-team lineup.
“It just wasn’t as busy this year,’’ said Closson.
A total of $1,000 went to Big Brothers Big Sisters and $400 each to the Abby Trust Fund, Dragon Divas and KidSport Cowichan from the approximately $2,500 proceeds expected after all the bills are paid.
Candace Feeney won the big prize of pizza for a year from Moo’s Pizza.