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Fastball played at fast pace

Palladian Developments first baseman Mike Sexton, left, catches a pop-up as teammate Tyler Renton backs up the play during Nanaimo Senior Men’s Fastball League action Tuesday night at May Richards Bennett Pioneer Park. Palladian went on to defeat Baker Supply 9-0. - GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin
Palladian Developments first baseman Mike Sexton, left, catches a pop-up as teammate Tyler Renton backs up the play during Nanaimo Senior Men’s Fastball League action Tuesday night at May Richards Bennett Pioneer Park. Palladian went on to defeat Baker Supply 9-0.
— image credit: GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

The city’s fastball players are on their game so far this season, and they need to be – the league is pretty competitive.

The Nanaimo Senior Men’s Fastball League features five teams this year and early on there’s a four-way race for first place.

“It’s a pretty even league now,” said Todd Belton, league president. “It’s pretty spread out, all the talent.”

On Tuesday night at Pioneer Park, Palladian defeated Baker 9-0. Gregg Joryenson and Jeremy Slater were both 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBIs each and Kirkland Lum threw a two-hit shutout.

Games are usually Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday evenings at May Richards Bennett Pioneer Park and Thursdays at the Wheatsheaf sports complex.

The teams are looking forward to the B.C. Cup tournament in mid-July at the Wheatsheaf fields. The tourney will involve 10-12 teams, including an international entry from Australia.

For a schedule of upcoming games and more information about the Nanaimo Senior Men's Fastball League, please visit www.nsmfl.ca.

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