Ladysmith teams sweep David Forrest Memorial Tournament

The Ladysmith 49ers won gold at the annual mosquito baseball tournament, while the Diamond Backs won silver and the A's won bronze.

Ladysmith teams swept the Ladysmith Baseball Association’s David Forrest Memorial Tournament, which took place May 18-20.

The Ladysmith 49ers captured the gold medal with an 11-8 win over the Ladysmith Diamond Backs in the final.

The Ladysmith A’s won the bronze medal with a win over the Salt Spring Jays.

The Duncan Blue Jays were named the Most Sportsmanlike Team.

The Ladysmith Mariners and Salt Spring Red Sox also took part in the tournament for a total of seven mosquito-aged teams competing.

The David Forrest Memorial Tournament was first started by Ray Irving to fill a need for mosquito-aged players (nine and 10) to have their own tournament.

The tournament was dedicated to Ladysmith’s David Forrest, who passed away of meningococcal meningitis at the age of 15 after returning home from a provincial basketball tournament. Every year since the beginning of the tournament, David’s father Denny has helped out and been a part of selecting the award for the most sportsmanlike team.

We ran out of room for photos, but watch for them in next week’s paper.