Even though local slo-pitch team, the Mules, played last weekend’s playoffs with a few of their players having sustained injuries, they managed to beat the team We Got the Runs by a score of 19-7 in the final game starting at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 28.
Michelle Davis, one of the players on the Mules team, says it wasn’t a mercy game.
“It was 9-7 after five full innings,” she said after the game. “It was close. It was 3-3 and then it was 5-5, it was close.”
In all, seven teams played in the tournament this year, but only six played in the playoffs.
Even though they did not win the gold game, We Got the Runs did place second and the Beer Barons came in third.
Beer Barons player, Rory Genereaux was happy with the teams placement, saying that he was glad he stated last week that, “you never know, you could win three in a row and not have won a game all season.”
The Distillers came in fourth, and the Youbou Fire Department and the Hammerheads tied for fifth place.
“Everything went good,” says Ryan Rai, a local coach and slo-pitch player. “There were a lot of close games and a lot of blow-out games.”
The Lake Cowichan Kinsmen provided the bar for the event and though business was slow during the morning, it did pick up in the afternoon when the games wrapped up in Youbou and the rest were played at Centennial Park in Lake Cowichan.
“We’ll probably break even,” said Brian Erikson, a Kinsmen member. “That’s what I’m guessing.”
“This is the first time we’ve done this event,” said Troy Douglas, another Kinsmen member. “We hope we can do it every year.”
Steve Friesen, of Friesen’s Meats, provided food for the event.
While Friesen said he wasn’t extremely busy, he did say that he would attend the event next year if asked.