The Hay River men’s fastpitch team, finalists in last year’s territorial championships, crashed out of this year’s tournament by losing three straight games.
The Heat was outscored 25-10 over the three-day competition in Yellowknife from July 13-15.
Eight teams, including six from Yellowknife and one from Inuvik, participated.
The Heat’s manager and first baseman Glenn Smith was at a loss for words when asked to describe what went wrong.
“I don’t know. We’ve had a fair amount of success over the past 10 years at the territorials,” he said. “Our hitting wasn’t as sharp as it usually is and we were missing some key players.”
A few members of the Heat were poached from a midget team, because of a shortage of players.
Their inexperience in fastpitch also contributed to the team’s poor showing, according to Smith.
Plus, he noted fastpitch in Yellowknife has been getting consistently stronger in the past five years.
“You have to give credit to those teams, especially from a hitting standpoint,” he said.
Despite having six teams and what would seem like a dilution of talent, two Yellowknife teams faced off in the final game. The Yk Slades beat the Yk Home Builders Centre by a score of 6-5.