Nakusp Mixed Slo-Pitch League is underway! As of May 17, six games have been played in the re-invented league and neither rain nor wind will keep the players or the cheering fans away.
It has been an exciting first week, with a few sore muscles reported, players finding their “bat and glove” again and activity buzzing on Monday and Wednesday nights at the Kathy Pederson and Helen Zeleznik ball fields.
With a mixture of young and dare I say ‘more mature’ players, the laughter and camaraderie is evident on the playing field and reaches out to the spectators in the stands as well. The mixture of players on each team is anywhere from none other than our own Falcon Midget Hockey gang to a couple of our town Council members to long ago Slo-Pitch players who have been dragged out of retirement from many years past.
The league is not as rigorous with rules and umpiring as the annual August long weekend Summer Splash Mixed Slo-Pitch Tournament, but nonetheless some fierce competition is happening with the participating teams vying for their spot on the infamous trophy awarded for first place at the end of the season. The guys are also keeping track of home runs, in order to determine who hits the most all season. This alone is a great reason to come out and watch a game. There are some pretty heavy hitters out there, some who have surprised everyone and some who were the obvious “over-the-fence” hitters. And the ladies, some of the players who you may have thought were crazy to be out on the field, stand back because they are woman and hear them roar!
But then again, how could there not be excitement in the air when something renewed from so many years ago, something your whole family can enjoy and something you can share within your community, is underway. Way to go to all the teams; enjoy the season, make some memories and let’s play ball!
Nakusp Mixed Slo-Pitch
May 17, 2012
In The Parkers 4
Brew Jays 2
Burton Barley’s 2
The Marauders 0