Highlife player Ashley Stewart pitches during a quarterfinal matchup with the Lakers Sunday afternoon at the Esler Sports Complex.

Highlife player Ashley Stewart pitches during a quarterfinal matchup with the Lakers Sunday afternoon at the Esler Sports Complex.

Rowdies take icebreaker crown

Twenty eager team took to the ball diamonds at the Esler Sports Complex on the weekend in Williams Lake.

Twenty eager teams took to the ball diamonds at the Esler Sports Complex on the weekend for the annual Williams Lake Slo-Pitch League Icebreaker Tournament.

And when the dust settled three teams — one for each A, B and C divisions — marched away with championship titles and prizes.

In the ‘A’ division it was a tightly contested final between the Rowdies and the Lakers.

Rowdies pitcher and captain Linda Barbondy said the game was tied for several innings and was close throughout.

The final score ended up 12-8 with the Rowdies coming out on top, following a win over the NDNZ to advance to the final Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, the Lakers trip to the final consisted of wins Sunday over High Life and the Honey Nut Ichiros.

In the ‘B’ division it was Whisper ‘n’ Waters downing the Wild Chickens, 12-6, for the crown after knocking off the Bears to advance.

Finally, in the ‘C’ division championship game the Beer-O-Crats let their heavy bats do the talking in a 15-13 win over the Wolf Pack.

“It was an excellent weekend,” Barbondy said, who is also the president of the Williams Lake Slo-Pitch League.

“We had great weather. Normally it rains or snows on that weekend so that was nice.”

Third-place teams were awarded a case of softballs, second-place teams won Slo-Pitch National hoodies and first-place teams won a new bat.

Next up for the Williams Lake Slo-Pitch League is the Overlander Pub Tournament from June 15-17 at the Esler Sports Complex.