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Hi-Balls reach a high point

High ball pitched by the Victoria Hi-Balls proves too tempting for Marianne Mann, as she takes a mighty swing at it. - Don Bodger
High ball pitched by the Victoria Hi-Balls proves too tempting for Marianne Mann, as she takes a mighty swing at it.
— image credit: Don Bodger

Hi-Balls hit their stride at the right time to soar to first place in the All-Chicks slo-pitch tournament.

The Hi-Balls climbed from a fifth-place ranking in the round robin to the top with a 13-5 victory over T&W in an all-Victoria final Sunday at Glenora's Waldon Park.

Ten teams were originally slated to compete, but one dropped out of the weekend event.

"Nine worked out even better because we had a three o'clock final instead of 4:30 and everybody was happy,'' said Joe DiLalla, a member of the Gord Closson Forest Products men's fastball team organizing committee. "Everybody was happy. They didn't have to play at eight o'clock Sunday morning.''

Shooters of Duncan topped the initial four-game round robin at 4-0. Four teams finished tied at 3-1 and had to sort out placings by run differential.

Clippy Fups were +18 for second, T&W was third at +15 in an extra head-to-head tiebreaker with Pitches Be Crazy, also at +15, and Hi-Balls were fifth at +8.

The sixth- through ninth-place teams all played on the consolation side. Totos and Tatas edged Sistas 11-10 and Yo Mumma won 16-15 over Diamond Divas in a pair of exciting semifinals.

Totos and Tatas took the consolation final over Yo Mumma 20-9.

All those teams wound up playing five or six games overall, DiLalla pointed out.

In the A side playoffs, Hi-Balls beat Pitches Be Crazy. T&W then upended Clippy Fups 15-3 and Hi-Balls won the other semifinal over Shooters that determined the final qualifiers.

Most sportsmanlike team was the Clippy Fups. "They were there at the end and they supported the cause probably more than anyone else,'' said DiLalla.

Funds raised were split between the Diamond Divas and a family in need of assistance.

Totos and Tatas were named the best dressed team.

"It all turned out good,'' said DiLalla. "The weather was good, the games were good.''

The Gord Closson Classic fall men's oldtimers' tournament begins Friday at Waldon Park, with 10 teams taking part this year. Rangers meet Gord's Geriatrics and Gators take on the Spartans in the 6:30 p.m. openers.

Saturday and Sunday action starts at 9 a.m. The final is at 3 p.m. Sunday.

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