The Williams Lake Rowdies pose for a team photo after winning the ‘A’ division in the Williams Lake Slo-Pitch League Icebreaker Tournament.

The Williams Lake Rowdies pose for a team photo after winning the ‘A’ division in the Williams Lake Slo-Pitch League Icebreaker Tournament.

Rowdies win icebreaker title

It was a wet and soppy affair at the Williams Lake Slo-Pitch League’s Icebreaker Tournament on the weekend.

It was a wet and soppy affair at the Williams Lake Slo-Pitch League’s Icebreaker Tournament on the weekend.

Despite heavy rainfall throughout the weekend 21 teams hit the Esler Sports Complex slo-pitch diamonds for the tournament playing one seeding game to place them into either the ‘A,’ ‘B,’ or ‘C’ division for a double knockout draw.

The top five teams earned a spot in the ‘A’ division, while eight moved into the ‘B’ division and eight more played int the ‘C’ division.

There, it was the Rez Bulls coming from the backdoor to beat the number-one ranked seed Red Fireball. The Rez Bulls won with a close 9-8 decision.

On the ‘B’ side it was Sticks and Stone beating the Arrows, 11-8. Sticks and Stone was on the top entering the playoff rounds and stayed there through the remainder of the tournament.

Finally, in the ‘A’ division, it was a rematch of last year’s final as the Rowdies and Lakers did battle. The Lakers, who were playing their third consecutive game and coming off a 10-9 extra-inning win against the Rookies, simply ran out of gas, falling to the Rowdies 15-7 in the final.

Linda Barbondy, president of the Williams Lake Slo-Pitch League, said it was a good tournament, despite the weather.

“To have 21 teams still want to play is great,” she said. “We had no cancellations and no no-shows either, even though the fields were soaked.

“And the main thing is nobody got hurt. That’s huge.”

Coming up for the Williams Lake Slo-Pitch League is the Overlander Pub field fundraiser tournament July 26-28. The league will be fundraising to complete its irrigation project it started last fall.

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