Arrow Lakes News
Last weekend Kathy Peterson and Helen Zeleznik baseball fields were invaded by 20 softball teams for the 29th annual August-Long Slow Pitch Ball Tournament.
The three-day tournament was the successful result of countless hours of volunteer work by a dedicated group of community members who banded together to make the event a reality for Nakusp. Key members include Ryan Struck, Zac Wethal, Kaitlyn Wethal and Jarrod Teindl who were on hand at the fields making sure everything ran as smoothly as it did by performing maintenance, crowd control and umpire organization among a host of other responsibilities. On the sidelines, Donna Rebman, Mary McCormack Hamling and Travis Rebman volunteered to organize and run the beer gardens, which helped fuel the fires of sport during the tournament. The core group rallied an army of community member volunteers to help sling suds and got a boost support from Tristin Sinclair and the Naksup and Area Bike Society.
Food wise, the Rotary Club of Nakusp kept athletes and spectators fed-up by setting up shop in the Gazebo Park and Jay Gardner stepped in at the last minute to grill grub out of the Wolf’s Den food truck on location at the ball fields.
The boys who shouldered the bulk of the tournament organizing were all impressed with how the tournament played out. “It went great in my eyes!” Zac Wethal stated, “I didn’t hear many complaints, food was good, drinks were cold, and the ball was awesome!”
Teindl added, “Thanks to Overwaitea, Home Hardware and the volunteer crew who supported this weekend and made it a huge success. As always, we couldn’t have done it without a great supporting cast, another reason we are proud to be part of this community.”
Struck commented that, “from start to finish, this was the smoothest weekend I’ve had running this tournament,” adding, “the weather was fantastic, the quality of ball was extremely high and everyone had a great time.”