The March 14 windstorm wreaked havoc at the Esler Sports Complex as a tree ripped down power lines and caused damage to the WLSPL clubhouse.

The March 14 windstorm wreaked havoc at the Esler Sports Complex as a tree ripped down power lines and caused damage to the WLSPL clubhouse.

Slo-pitch fields damaged in windstorm

While the Williams Lake Slo-Pitch League is preparing to swing into the season, Mother Nature has pitched it a strike.

While the Williams Lake Slo-Pitch League is preparing to swing into the season, Mother Nature has pitched it a strike.

During the Saturday, March 14, windstorm a tree fell across a power line at the Esler Sports Complex damaging the WLSPL concession, ripping out the hydro metre, electrical mast and bringing down power lines.

“It’s going to cost thousands to fix,” said WLSPL president Linda Barbondy. “We didn’t know until after when I went up to check. There were still live wires.”

The WLSPL recently spent some of its limited funds building two new dugouts during the winter, and is asking for the community’s help repairing damage caused by the storm.

If anyone or any business is interested, Barbondy said she can be reached by e-mail at crazyrowdy22@yahoo.com or by phone at 250-305-7747.

The league is also hosting its annual team registration meeting Wednesday, April 1, at 7 p.m. at the Overlander Convention Centre. All teams wishing to join this year’s season are required to sign up with a $300 deposit.

Once a final team count is determined, the league will iron out tournament dates.

“We just had our AGM and we have 13 people on our executive, which is a big number for us,” Barbondy said. “And for teams, my count right now is 28, but nothing’s for sure until April 1.”

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