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Cariboo Rowdies rise to the top at Williams Lake Slo-Pitch Tournament

Rowdies come back from behind to take top spot at tournament, despite losing one to injury

The Williams Lake Slo-Pitch League hosted their annual year-end tournament Aug. 17-20.

League president Linda Barbondy-Rich said it was a really good tournament with some tough competition.

Over four days, 22 teams faced off to play for top spots in four divisions.

Starting on Thursday, teams played their first two games in a round-robin based on league standings, and from there were sorted into a four-division double-knockout tournament for four divisions, A, B, C, and D.

Teams then battled it out in their divisions to determine top spots.

D division champions were the Odd Balls beating out Fence Posts 21-8 in the final with Sticks And Stones in third place.

C division champions were Broke Millionaires beating Esket’em 22-5, with Ole School in third place.

The Broke Millionaires went undefeated for the season and the playoffs for a perfect season, said Shawn Lewis, noting the team had also defeated all of the B division teams during the regular season.

B division champions were Wild Chickens winning their second face-off with Cariboo Crew 17-7 and Highlife in third.

A division champions Rowdies beating out Brew Jays 19-5 and Rotten Eggs taking third place.

Sunday morning Rowdies and Brew Jays played in extra innings and Rowdies lost 21-20, Rowdies then played Rotten Eggs knocking them out of the tourney 18-14, then facing the Brew Jays again and only letting them score five runs in the first inning final score 19-5. This is despite losing Linda Barbondy-Rich to an injury before the final game.

The next tournament will be the Kings and Queens tournament September 15-17 and then Rowdies leave for Hawaii Oct. 29, to play in a tournament in Waikiki.

The entire league will continue to make improvement to the fields during the fall and are always looking for sponsors. There are 31 teams in the league and it is one of the largest adult organizations in the community.

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Ruth Lloyd

About the Author: Ruth Lloyd

I moved back to my hometown of Williams Lake after living away and joined the amazing team at the Williams Lake Tribune in 2021.
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