The Drivers

Broadwater Drivers claim 2016 Island Softball Title

Broadwater defeated the JV Vipers in the championship game to win the Cup.

There’s nothing quite like hosting the Cup, something the Broadwater Drivers know firsthand after winning the second annual Island Softball Tournament on Sunday.

After losing in the championship game last summer, the Drivers went on an undefeated 7-0 run at Chris Maguire Field outside the civic centre to claim the title. In the final game, Broadwater hammered the JV Vipers 15-3 in a steady onslaught of offence.

The win also means the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) will be getting some extra money. The purpose of the tournament is to raise money for a charity of the winning team’s choice – Broadwater chose CCS, which will receive all the funds raised from the weekend.

Even though the tournament is primarily a charity event, it doesn’t mean the players didn’t care about winning.

“From losing last year, all we wanted to do this year was take it to the top,” said Broadwater’s Dylan Palmer.

His favourite moment from the tournament was easy.

“Hosting that cup,” he said matter-of-factly.

The tournament also benefits the teams because it’s good bonding for them, Palmer said.

“Everyone is coming together. We all work together so we might as well play together. Not (many) of us get to hang out outside of work so it kind of brings us together.”

It was the first loss of the day for the Vipers, who ended the tournament 5-2. They had a busy Sunday, playing four games after three on Saturday. Eleven teams participated in the event, one less than 2015.

The tournament formed last summer when a couple people got together and decided it would be nice to have a company event, says co-organizer Cathy Quane.

“The idea is that you’re doing fun things with your work mates and doing something good for a charity,” said Quane, who also doubled as the raffle table attendant.

The organizers had been eying a goal of double last year’s donation which was $1,500. The amount raised from this year was not made available at the time of publication.