Despite a dire weather forecast, the 58th annual (give or take) Widewater Sports Days went off very well, Mother Nature co-operating all the way. Chief organizer Harry Bartlett of the Widewater Athletic Association says the five-team senior men’s baseball tournament had some excellent competition; even a team that didn’t win a game had so much fun they want to come back.
“Those guys from Edmonton (the Pirates) loved playing on the grass,” he says. “They’re talking about bringing two teams next year.”
Going undefeated in the tournament was the local squad called The Dirt Bags. They beat the Slave Lake Heat 10 – 3 in the final. Tanner Lacombe and Ian Pollard both walloped two-run homers in the game.
Finishing in third spot was the Slave Lake Cardinals and the Wabasca Blue Jays were the fourth-place finishers.
In the seven-team slowpitch tournament, Pork and Beans (from Driftpile) finished first, ahead of the Royals, from Calling Lake. Winning the Spirit Award was a team from Sturgeon Lake, who called themselves the No Shows, but did show up. They put on a good show on and off the field, Bartlett says, even doing a sort of parade around the grounds and made a point of praising and thanking the organizers.
Third in the slowpitch was the Slave Lake Outlaws. Fourth to seventh spots were filled out by the Benchwarmers, No Shows, Whitecap and the M.D. of Lesser Slave River team – the winner of the other Spirit Award.
Bartlett says the success of the weekend had a lot to do with the helpers, including the Southshore Children’s Association, the Slave Lake Legion, the 4H Club, Grizzly Ridge Honda, Prax Enterprises and various individuals.
“I’m forgetting some,” he says.
The Dirt Bags, men’s baseball champs at Widewater Sports Days. Back row, left to right: Danny Shanzenbacher, Nick Mulich, Brett Morton, Tanner Lacombe, Ian Pollard, Craig Dombrosky, Trevor Vance. Front: Derek Starnes, Cody Stasow.
A two-out pop-up spells the end of the inning in June 13 Southshore Men’s Baseball League game between the Slave Lake Midget Heat (in red) and the Slave Lake Dirt Bags. The Dirt Bags ended up winning the game 11 – 5.
Corbin McCann of the Slave Lake Pee Wee Heat chucks one in there against Athabasca in a June 13 game at Sinclair Fields. The Heat play in the Pembina League, which sometimes has weeknight games. It wraps up its season this week.