This year marked the second annual Fort Smith Slopitch Tournament, and the turnout far surpassed that of the inaugural year. This year 14 teams registered for the event, over twice the number of last year’s six.
Teams travelled from across the NWT and even Alberta to take part in the weekend long tournament.
Two teams from the Hay River area made the trek, making the most of a fun filled weekend.
“From my standpoint, the ball tournament was really well organized,” said South Slave Selects member Darlene Lamb.
“There were lots of activities for the ball players. The [South Slave Friendship Festival] happened at the same time. The campground was full, the hotels were full. It was great.”
Peace River cleaned up and came out on top winning the tournament.
The Fort Smith Northstars came in second place overall.
Lamb and the South Slave Selects finished in third place overall, followed by the Fort Chip 2 4’s. The Hay River Ballskins finished in fifth.
Josh Campbell was named the top male batter of the tournament, and Theresa Bourke the top female.
Lamb and James Sanderson were both named the most sportsmanlike for the weekend, and Terry Webster hit the most home runs.
The batting derby winners for this year’s event were Sandy Poitras and Justin Bourque.