CityWest won the Ridley Island Charity Slo Pitch tournament for the second straight year on Aug. 19. (Matthew Allen / The Northern View)

CityWest won the Ridley Island Charity Slo Pitch tournament for the second straight year on Aug. 19. (Matthew Allen / The Northern View)

CityWest makes comeback to defend charity slo pitch title

Nine teams competed in Ridley Island charity tournament raising $2,000 for Postmen Fire Fighters

In a dramatic comeback CityWest won the fourth annual Ridley Island Charity Slo Pitch tournament on Aug. 19.

This was the second year in a row the telecom team took the tournament. This year, they advanced through a field of nine corporate teams beating DP World 15-14 in the final game.

READ MORE: Slo Pitch tournameny returns for third year

“The hardest thing to do in sports is repeat right?” said Jordan Johnson, who batted in two runs. “So it feels great to help bring it back to CityWest again. It’s been a lot of fun.”

The annual event raises funds, which are donated to a different charity each year. This year, approximately $2,000 went to the Postmen Fire Fighters. Amy Lashek, who helped organize the tournament along with Forrest Shale and Jamie Malthus for North Coast Charity, said there were new entrants, which helped to make for a competitive tournament.

“It’s been a great weekend with great participation and great weather,” Lashek said.

Despite the tight score in the final game, DP world started the game off with the momentum. DP World’s first five batters got on base and were batted in to give the team an early 5-1 lead at the end of the first inning. From there CityWest was forced to play catch up.

“We put ourselves in hole early, but we pulled together and came through,” Johnson said.

The rally began at the bottom of the fourth inning where despite putting some runs on the board, CityWest was still trailing 11-5. A timely hit from Johnson with runners on base helped to score two runs and cut into the deficit. CityWest was then able to hold DP World scoreless in the top of the fifth inning to give themselves a chance to come back.

READ MORE: MVP of the Week – Slo Pitch hits and archaeological digs

“Little things just started going right, everyone started to relax a little bit and we started playing the game like we know how to,” Johnson said.

CityWest scored three and five runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings respectively while holding DP world to only three runs to win the game.

The charity tournament has raised approximately $12,000 over the time that it’s been organized. Lashek said North Coast Charity hopes to bring it back again next year with additional concessions and activities for families and their children.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter



CityWest makes comeback to defend charity slo pitch title

CityWest makes comeback to defend charity slo pitch title

CityWest makes comeback to defend charity slo pitch title

Chris Marett takes a swing during the finals of the 2018 Ridley Island Charity Slo Pitch tournament. (Matthew Allen / The Northern View)

Chris Marett takes a swing during the finals of the 2018 Ridley Island Charity Slo Pitch tournament. (Matthew Allen / The Northern View)

Just Posted

Visitors to a pop-up temporary aquarium in Prince Rupert will have the chance to see marine ecology from July 21 to Aug. 15, like this viewer watching sea anemones at the Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)
Prince Rupert pop-up aquarium will bring sea level to eye level in July

A permanent peak to reef ecology centre is in the planning stages by North Coast Ecology Society

Prince Rupert’s Ellen Wright and Graeme Dickens jam out during filming the two Ring System Studio concerts to be broadcast on television during June. (Photo: supplied, H. Cox)
Ring System Studio sounds on television

Two concerts by the Prince Rupert music school will be broadcast in June

Commerical marijuana grow ops that are budding up in Prince Rupert’s downtown core are legal and out of the city’s jurisdiction, Mayor Lee Brain said, on June 14. (Photo:supplied/K-J Millar)
Prince Rupert downtown’s pretty dope

Marijuana operations grow in the Prince Rupert city core

Unionized longshore and port workers gather along Highway 16 on June 15 not crossing the picket line where Prince Rupert Solidarity Movement group protests the docking and unloading of the JPO Volans, a ship with Israeli designed technology and equipment. (Photo: K-J Millar/the Northern View)
Prince Rupert Solidarity Group pickets at port in protest

Demonstrations against the container ship JPO Volans lead into the second day to dissuade docking

BC Ferries has announced the welcoming back onboard of recreational travellers on June 15 after the provincial travel restrictions were lifted. (Courtesy of BC Ferries)
BC Ferries welcomes back recreational passengers

The ferries corp will relax mask-wearing in outdoor spaces

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

A Heffley Creek peacock caught not one - but two - lifts on a logging truck this month. (Photo submitted)
Heffley Creek-area peacock hops logging trucks in search of love

Peacock hitched two lifts in the past month

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

The first suspension bridge is the tallest in Canada, with a second suspension bridge just below it. The two are connected by a trail that’s just over 1 km. (Claire Palmer photo)
PHOTOS: The highest suspension bridges in Canada just opened in B.C.

The Skybridge in Golden allows visitors to take in views standing at 130 and 80 metres

BC Green Party leader and Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau introduced a petition to the provincial legislature on Thursday calling for the end of old-growth logging in the province. (File photo)
BC Green leader Furstenau introduces old-growth logging petition

Party calls for the end of old-growth logging as protests in Fairy Creek continue

B.C. Premier John Horgan leaves his office for a news conference in the legislature rose garden, June 3, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. premier roasted for office budget, taxing COVID-19 benefits

Youth addiction law that triggered election hasn’t appeared

A vial containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a vaccination site in Marcq en Baroeul, outside Lille, northern France, Saturday, March 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Michel Spingler
mRNA vaccines ‘preferred’ for all Canadians, including as 2nd dose after AstraZeneca: NACI

New recommendations prioritizes Pfizer, Moderna in almost all cases

Most Read