The Rowdies are this year’s Williams Lake Slo-Pitch League Icebreaker champions. The team downed the Toyota Tailgaters

The Rowdies are this year’s Williams Lake Slo-Pitch League Icebreaker champions. The team downed the Toyota Tailgaters

Rowdies start season on high note

The Rowdies hit one out of the park to kick off the Williams Lake Slo-Pitch League season and win the annual Icebreaker Tournament.

The Rowdies hit one out of the park on Sunday to kick off the Williams Lake Slo-Pitch League season and win the annual Icebreaker Tournament.

The team went unbeaten in the tournament, eventually defeating the underdog Toyota Tailgaters in the ‘A’ division final, 15-5, to claim the championship.

By the third inning the Rowdies had built a commanding 8-2 lead.

Then in the fifth, the club again caught fire, extending its lead to 15-2.

Toyota answered back with three more runs, but the Rowdies closed it out in the seventh.

En route to the final the Rowdies defeated the Lakers and later, the Tailgaters, in the winners semifinal before rematching the team for the championship.

Toyota, meanwhile, got past the Highlife, the Rookies and the Lakers to reach the final.

The tournament saw 25 teams play one or two seeding games before being moved into one of four divisions.

The ‘B’ division title went to the Brew Jays, who knocked off Sticks and Stones in a close 13-11 victory. The team stayed on the winners side of the draw through the division, beating Sticks and Stones earlier Sunday morning, then knocking off the Giants.

In the ‘C’ division it was the Cowboys and NDNZ beating the Fireballs, 22-9, for the title.

Vigilantes upended Status by one run in a 5-4 ‘D’ division win.

“[It was] a great weekend,” said WLSPL president Linda Barbondy.

“No [games] were defaulted and the tourney was well organized.”

Next up for the league is the Overlander Pub Fundraiser Tournament June 19-22.

The league, which houses 30 teams, plays five nights a week starting at 7 p.m. at the Esler Sports Complex.

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