Some of the top ladies fastball players in the Province were in Innerkip this weekend for the Innerkip Umpires Association Tournament, formerly known as the Gord Marshall Tournament.
INNERKIP - Some of the top ladies fastball players in the Province were in Innerkip this weekend for the Innerkip Umpires Association Tournament, formerly known as the Gord Marshall Tournament.
Windsor ended up winning the Tier 1 tournament with 6-0 win over Waterloo and London took home the Tier 2 Championship with a 6-4 win over Milverton.
Member of the organizing committee Kyle Smith says they did things a little differently this year.
"We didn't have a lot of other things going on and we really wanted to focus on the ball this year. We had a lot of great fan support, lot's of people coming out from the community throughout the weekend. We had a lot of great teams there this weekend and some new teams this year, that we took advantage of and those teams loved the atmosphere. We had a lot of great ball games this year, not a lot of blowouts, which is always great to see."
The tournament drew fans from around the region and it included some of, if not the best lady fastball players in the Province. Smith says the teams love coming to Innerkip every year.
"A little bit of it, is how we run the tournament in the past, it comes down to communication, keeping teams informed and letting them know what's going on. At the end of the day, the teams want to play in a tournament where they know they are going to get good umpiring, the facility is second to none, they know that when they come, they are going to get clean bounces and at the end of the day, we have been lucky to get these teams. When we started, we got buy in right away and a little bit of that is because we were raising money for cancer. As the years have gone on, it's more because we have been able to get those top teams and they get to play against each other and face some top competition ahead of Provincials."
Smith says they are still tying to figure out how much money was raised this year.