Everyone’s a winner at the Crofton Fire Department’s Charity Mixed Slo-Pitch Tournament.
The annual event Saturday and Sunday at the Crofton Ball Park brought together 14 teams. There were victorious teams on the field in game action, of course, but members of all 14 contributed to an anticipated windfall of around $4,000.
That money, when the final total is tabulated, will be distributed among the Victoria Burn Unit, Muscular Dystrophy and the Chemainus Crofton Community Schools Association.
“It’s probably one of the better weekends we’ve had,” said fire department member and tournament director Rick Smith.
“We couldn’t have asked for better weather – not too hot, not too cold.”
The tournament has been played during both extremes in the past so conditions in the middle were just great.
Tator Tots were the A Division champions in a battle of local teams over the Middle’s Open on the mercy rule after five innings. Islanders won the B Division and Pender Island the C Division.
Prizes and cash were awarded to the top teams, but the charitable nature of the tournament was reflected in the generosity of players.
“They always hand back the cash which is nice of them to give to our charities,” pointed out Smith.
Pancake Batters of Powell River returned their 50/50 draw winnings.
Altering the format proved to be a smooth move. Some tournaments get bogged down with statistics such as number of bases touched, runs for and against, and other calculations, but there was none of that.
“We changed the tournament to make it more of an easier draw to figure out,” said Smith.
“You win, you advance. You lose, you go down. Everyone was guaranteed three games and it just depends on how you do. Some teams played probably six games.”
All the players went home happy with the way they spent their weekend.
“Everything was awesome,” summed up Smith.
Red Arrow Brewing from Duncan was a big help to the full force of Crofton fire department members who worked at the tournament.