Six teams re-defined insanity at our annual sno-pitch tournament in Belleville. In extreme cold they had lots of fun playing in the snow. At least four home runs were hit when the ball was buried in the snow and could not be found.
In the finals eLEMONators opened up a 5-0 lead in the first over Nucking Futz. In the end they held on for a 7-6 victory where the tying run was on third when the final out was recorded.
Thank you to Toppers Pizza for supplying za for the teams and to Mike Empey, John Moorcraft, and Justin Percy for helping me out through the day.
Mostly, thank you to the completely insane group of players that helped to make the day so much fun!!
Once again the Belleville Appreciation tournament provided lots of fun and laughter. If you haven't seen the video check it out. Ten teams pulled cards to determine the crazy rules that they would play by. In the end Master Blasters defeated Designated Drinkers and were crowned A Champs while Shockers were crowned B Champs.
We want to thank all of the volunteer umpires, Jamie for her help in the tent and all of the players that helped to make for a very hot but very enjoyable day.
That evening players were invited to the Banquet Centre for free pizza, loads of prizes and a dance hosted by DJ Rob Eady. It was easily our biggest prize table of the year and the dancefloor was hopping.
This is not our regular tournament. This is ALL about FUN and it certainly was that.
Our 7th Annual Adam's Hope tournament in Belleville was a great success. Eighteen teams participated in a fun filled weekend. A record, ten of those teams brought in donations totaling over $1800. On Saturday the Shoeless Joe's Skills Comps were a success. Just one week after having her hardest throw record beaten in Wasaga Beach Shae-Lynn Simpson came back to re-claim the record at 64 mph. In the home run comp Matt Richardson crushed the diamond record of 5 with 9 home runs. During the weekend many of the kids in attendance enjoyed the cages set up by Belleville Pitch and Hit.
On Sunday we heard from Tom James from Adam's Hope and then from the MANY players in attendance that had relations with a family of Autism.
We want to thank the many that volunteered to umpire, Corrina, Jamie and Brian for their help in the tent, the many that donated some amazing prizes, our sponsors Toppers Pizza, Free Flow, Belleville Pitch and Hit and Shoeless Joe's, everyone that brought in donations and every player that helped to make it so enjoyable.
On the diamond, eLEMONators defeated Ron Finkle Electric in the A final. It was Average Joe's over Total Chaos in the B final and Kent Murphy's Dingers over Dirty Piranhas in the C final. Congratulations to you all!!
It was a great way to start the 2017 season. Ten teams competed in this sold out event that featured both a tournament and a team skills competition. During the prize draws we heard Rex tell his story and then present us with a cheque for $1310 towards a second defibrillator for our tournaments. In the skills competitions it was Average Joe's narrowly defeating Nucking Futz for the championship. After playing in 13 tournaments last year and not winning medallions this was their first. They later went on to win their second by winning the B championship. In the A finals we had probably our best final ever as Silvers defeated All About That Base 6-5 in 10 innings. All in all it was a terrific start to what will hopefully be an amazing 2017 season.
The weather was ideal for Sno-pitch For Autism. Seven teams competed making for a great day. Dirty Piranhas became the first team of the year to bring $100 in donations and get into the year end draw. They also got to pick a family to receive the incredible Batman Autism painting that was donated by Kory Parkin. In the end eLEMONators took another championship defeating Bleacher Creatures in the finals. Thank you to all that helped with umpiring and to all of the players that helped to make this another successful Slo-pitch For Autism event.
This was our 6th annual Adam's Hope tournament in Belleville. We had a great time. We saw a record fall in the skills comps and we had more teams than any other tournament bring in pledges. Unfortunately rain on Sunday morning made this into a round robin only tournament. Congratulations to A champs - eLEMONators, B champs Grip n' Rip and C champs Top Notch Carpentry. We wish to thank all of those that brought donations to another fabulous prize table, to all of the volunteers that made this possible, to Christina and Angela from Adam's Hope and, of course, to all of the participants that make us proud to call this our home town tournament. Great Fun! Great Cause!
FUN IS A DECISION. This past Saturday was our appreciation tournament. When you watch the video you will see that this is not your normal ball tourney. When the players that had not played before found out what they were in for they wondered why but just a couple innings in everyone was laughing and having a great time. Some rules on defense included 2 fielders touching gloves to start the play, rolling the ball to make a force, 2 outfielders having to field the ball or only being allowed to throw with the glove hand. On offense it was just as crazy. You may have had to swing one handed, all batters swing left, you run the bases backwards, you can only walk to your base or you may have to spin 3 times before running. The game might have been slo-pitch, 3 pitch or black base (2nd or 3rd could be black and you can't stop at that base). All in all it made for a fun day. That night we went to our local ANAF for for our year end awards(which will be posted over time on this page), the days prize draws, a boatload of Topper's Pizza Belleville and d.j. Robert Eady getting everyone up to dance. This day was a tremendous amount of fun and a great way to wind down what has been an amazing 2016 season. Check out the video. You are sure to laugh (or say wtf)
Sunday Sept 25 was our tournament of champions. We had a great time. Thank you to all of those that volunteered throughout the day. Thank you to Mitch Avey, Shae-Lynn Simpson and Jared Williamson for speaking about Autism at the tournament. Thank you to the teams and players that made the trip from out of town. Most of all, thank you to all of the players that made this day so terrific. Congratulations to our 2016 Slo-pitch For Autism champions eLEMONators who defeated Ron Finkle Electric in the final. Once again a final ended with the tying run on base. We look forward to another terrific season in 2017. THANK YOU ALL!!
February 27 was the 2nd annual Sno-pitch For Autism Belleville. There was no snow. What there was though, was a lot of ice. The ball diamond was a solid sheet of ice forcing us to move to the nearby soccer pitch. That didn't stop six teams from having a great time for a great cause. Now.... enough of that. Bring on the summer tournaments. Thank you so much to everyone that came out and had a great time!