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Spartans lead the fundraising cause through their ball tournaments

Samantha Doney takes a cut at a pitch during the Spartans
Samantha Doney takes a cut at a pitch during the Spartans' May long weekend tournament.
— image credit: Don Bodger

The Spartans are the ball tournament hosts with the most this year.

The Spartans hosted a tournament on the Victoria Day long weekend at the Cowichan Sportsplex that set the tone for bigger and better things to come.

The Gazoos from Victoria were the winners, with the New Jays from Nanaimo taking second and the Pirates from Victoria third.

The Spartans will also take the place of the Dilly tournament that ended its long run last August after 25 years on the B.C. Day long weekend.

This will be the fifth-annual crazy Eights tourney, moving over from the Canada Day long weekend, with games at the Cowichan Sportsplex and Maple Bay School fields.

"We are hosting both recreational and competitive slo-pitch and ortho,'' noted organizer Clint Bailey.

"We've been running this tourney for five years now with the goal to raise as much money as possible for B.C. Children's Hospital each year with the generosity of local businesses and professional sports teams and their donations.''

The tournament has surpassed the $25,000 mark in the first four years in donations, according to Bailey.

"We're always looking to go bigger each year,'' he indicated. "We hope local teams will respect what we're trying to do and enter their teams in our tourneys and help us with our cause, which is running great tourneys and giving back at the same time.''

 

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