The Ladysmith Cubs hit the diamond against the Chemainus side during the David Forrest Memorial Tournament on the May Long Weekend.

The Ladysmith Cubs hit the diamond against the Chemainus side during the David Forrest Memorial Tournament on the May Long Weekend.

Forrest Memorial a home run

The 12th annual David Forrest Memorial Tournament was a success this past May Long Weekend.

This is mosquito-level baseball for kids aged 9 and 10 years old.  With eight total teams from Ladysmith, Duncan and Saltspring attending, they managed to get all games in with little to no rain.

There was some exciting baseball games during the tournament.  In the semifinals, the Ladysmith Cubs had nobody on base with two out, but managed to score six runs to tie the game in the top of the last inning.  In the bottom half of the inning, Saltspring squeaked in a run to move on to the gold medal game.  In the other semifinal game, the Ladysmith A’s shut down the Duncan Dodger’s potent offense in the top half of the last inning to secure a lead and send them to the fold.

In the bronze medal game, the Dodgers batted their way to third place, with the Cubs finishing in a very respectable fourth place.  The gold medal game featured Saltspring vs. the Ladysmith A’s.  The deep roster of Saltspring proved too much for the Hometown A’s as Saltspring went on to win gold.

This tournament is dedicated to David Forrest, who died tragically of Meningitis almost 20 years ago.  David loved the game and always was superior in sportsmanship.  His father, Denny Forrest, puts in the time at the tournament to help choose and award the most sportsmanlike team.

This year we had a split decision, as both the Ladysmith A’s and Saltspring split the award.  Special thanks to all the volunteers who make this tournament possible.

 

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