It was all softballs and smiles at last weekend’s Mother’s Day Weekend Slo-pitch Tournament, hosted by Merritt’s own ‘Daddy’s Girls, Momma’s Boys’ (DGMB) ball team.

Six local teams battled for the top spot during the annual event at Central Park, with the Bandits beating out DGMB for the top spot. Fresh off of multiple recent wins, Bandits coach Clay Munro says it feels great to see his team excel starting the season.

“They are starting off the season on fire,” said Munro. “As a coach, that’s all I can ask for, and everyone had smiles on their faces.”

The Mother’s Day champions are now preparing for the 90 team Big O Memorial Slo-pitch Tournament, taking place at Tournament Capital Ranch in Kamloops on May long weekend.

All six local teams played five round-robin games on Saturday, with more action-packed double knockout style matchups on Mother’s Day deciding the tournament. Sunday’s final game saw the Bandits defeat DGMB by a score of 24-2. Full tournaments results as follows:

1st place: Bandits
2nd place: Daddy’s Girls, Momma’s Boys (DGMB)
3rd place: Bad Decisions

“It was a great tournament from what I’ve heard, other than everyone being sore from all the games,” joked Crystal Munro, organizer for the tournament.

“We’re hoping to get this done again on 2023 Mother’s Day weekend.”