Food bank the big winner in Ladysmith slo-pitch tourney

The Ladysmith Food Bank Tournament made a resurgence this year and raised more than $1,500 for the food bank.

The Ladysmith Food Bank Tournament made a resurgence this year and is being called one of the most successful tournaments to date.

The slo-pitch tournament, which took place Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at Aggie Field, raised more than $1,500 and close to a ton of food for the Ladysmith Food Bank.

“This year was probably the best year yet, and we only had six teams — everyone really came together,” said organizer Jim Delcourt. “The Kinsmen were a big help, manning the beer garden.”

Five local teams competed in this year’s tournament, along with one team from Nanaimo.

The Shifters won first place, while The Turbo brought in the most food for the food bank, with 188 items.

This year’s tournament, sponsored by the Ladysmith Kinsmen Club, was the first one to be held in three years. Delcourt says he plans to make it an annual tournament once again.

“Thank you to all the teams for their support and to all the people who came out and watched it,” said Delcourt.

Teams or players interested in participating in next year’s tournament can contact Delcourt at  250-245-9535.