Backdoor Bandits and Wolfpack top the field

By on August 3, 2017
Eddy Watkinson was the hero of the day on the weekend, piching and hitting his Backdoor Bandits' team to first-place in the Wolfpack mixed slo-pitch tournament at Central Park. (Ian Webster/Herald).


It took extra innings in both championship games to decide the winners of the Wolfpack annual mixed slo-pitch tournament, held at Central Park on the weekend.

In the ‘A’ final, Eddy Watkinson’s two-out double in the bottom of the seventh inning brought teammate Tina Stirling home, and secured a 13-12 come-from-behind win for Merritt’s Backdoor Bandits over the never-say-die Similkameanies from Keremeos.

The Bandits had a comfortable 11-5 lead going into the open-ended sixth and final inning of regulation play, only to see the Meanies pick up seven runs of their own to go in front 12-11.

Mike Hendricks’s solo homer with one away in the bottom of the sixth knotted things at a dozen apiece – sending the game into overtime.

The Bandits’ pitcher, Watkinson, was the miracle man when it was needed, blanking the Meanies in the top of the seventh, and providing the game-winning hit to bring Stirling home.

Over on diamond number two, the ‘B’ final between the host Wolfpack and the Land Pirates was wrapping up in equally-thrilling fashion. Deadlocked at 10-10 after six innings, the consolation game also had to go long to reach a decision.

The Wolfpack picked up five runs in the top of the seventh, and then played tough defense in giving up only one Pirate run in the bottom of the inning. The final score: 15-11 for the Pack.

The Backdoor Bandits: (back row, left to right), Eddy Watkinson, Dylan Lowey, Mike Hendricks, Gene Latremouille, James Bradford, Ben Clarke, JR Stirling, Clay Munro, (front row) Kayleigh Elliott, Chelsea Spahan, Lizzie Shuter, Tina Stirling, Stacy Walker (Ian Webster/Herald).

The Wolfpack: (back row, left to right) Steve Austin, Travis Broboske, Greg Blankinship, Jerrid Chandler, Brentyn Bernier, Garrett Voght, Frank ‘Sticky’ Sterling, (front row) Cheryl Taylor, Shealynn MacVicar, Deanne Eustache, Christina Nicholls, Harriett ‘Butch’ Isaac. Missing: coach Crystal Swayze. (Ian Webster/Herald).


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