Maurice Penner makes great contact during the Nelson Mixed SloPitch playoffs. Photo: Lauren Penfound

Maurice Penner makes great contact during the Nelson Mixed SloPitch playoffs. Photo: Lauren Penfound

Nelson Mixed SloPitch playoffs return to Lakeside Park diamonds

The league hadn’t held its playoff weekend since the pandemic began

Submitted by Nelson Mixed SloPitch

After a two-year hiatus, the Nelson Mixed SloPitch league returned to the fields for the first full season since the pandemic.

The league held steady at 16 teams with five separate teams accepting hardware last weekend.

Finishing first in the league, led by Wayne Germaine, was Valhalla Path Realty.

Winning the C division for the second time since joining the league, led by Kayla Frioult and Lee Richmond, was L’il Muckers.

The B division winners were The Crew led by Mark Durocher and Mike Borch.

Taking home the big trophy, with a one-run win over the DeVito’s Cardinals, was Ripping Giraffe, led by Dan Collins.

The RJ Warren Playoff MVP was Eric Smith, who may have hit the longest ball ever seen in playoff history.

Each year, the Drey Memorial Award for Most Sportsmanlike Team is handed out in honour of Blair D’Andrea, a big hearted, big slugger taken too soon from us all. This year, the award was given to the Tin Tippers, who played under the name Broox Bombers to honour their own teammate, Brooke McConnell, who suddenly and unexpectedly passed in June this year. Representing the team, from L-R are Sydney Evans, Mandy Kelly, Teddy Caulford and Mike Trombles.

 

The Broox Bombers honoured their teammate Brooke McConnell, who unexpectedly passed away in June. L-R: Sydney Evans, Mandy Kelly, Teddy Caulford and Mike Trombles. Photo: Lauren Penfound

The Broox Bombers honoured their teammate Brooke McConnell, who unexpectedly passed away in June. L-R: Sydney Evans, Mandy Kelly, Teddy Caulford and Mike Trombles. Photo: Lauren Penfound