Quiet in the headlines, but loud on the field, many teams within the Duncan Junior Baseball Association have been active on the field this season, finding success in different ways. From doubleheader wins, to tournament victories, to wonderful displays of sportsmanship, the ballplayers are working hard and having fun at Evans Park and beyond.
The annual U13 peewee Chris Fenton Memorial Tournament at the Chemainus Ball Park was back May 26-28, for the first time since COVID-19 struck.
The event featured eight teams, with three from Duncan: the White Sox, Twins, and Jays.
“It was a fantastic tournament,” summed up Benoit Marien, a Chemainus & District Baseball Association board member who served in the triple capacity of acting tournament director, organizer and umpire in chief.
“I really enjoyed it. Everybody who came had fun and the umpires did a great job.”
Of the Duncan teams, the Twins had the biggest run, placing third after a hard-fought battle against the Ladysmith Cardinals.
The third place game “was a nail biter to the end,” said Marien.
Meanwhile, Duncan entries that comprised half the field secured the top four spots in the 12-team Larry Hopwo U11 baseball tournament at the Chemainus Ball Park this past weekend.
The Duncan Blue Jays topped the standings after the initial four-game series and then coach Dave Evans’ squad defeated the second-place Duncan Rockies in the championship game Sunday afternoon. Duncan Red Sox claimed third place, with the Duncan Yankees finishing fourth.
The Duncan Pirates and Dodgers also participated, along with host Chemainus, Salt Spring Island Hornets and Spinners and three teams from Ladysmith – the Red Sox, White Sox and Mariners.