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Slo-pitch teams were out at the Moir Park and Kinsmen Quad ball diamonds all weekend for the Sam Steele Ball Tournament. - Trevor Crawley photo
Slo-pitch teams were out at the Moir Park and Kinsmen Quad ball diamonds all weekend for the Sam Steele Ball Tournament.
— image credit: Trevor Crawley photo

For three straight days, slo-pitch teams battled each other until the winners emerged at the annual Sam Steele ball tournament this past weekend.

Hosted by Moir Park and the Kinsmen Quad ball diamonds, roughly 72 teams playing in four different competitive divisions all day, all night, and sometimes into the early hours of the morning in one of Western Canada's largest slo-pitch tournaments.

With $1,000 in prize money on the line in the competitive division, Riot came through to beat DITB for the win. Teams in the recreation divisions were given apparel and other prizes for their efforts that added up to roughly $10,000.

Once again, the tournament was organized by a conglomerate of local groups—the Cranbrook Minor Ball Association, Cranbrook Mixed Slo-Pitch, Cranbrook Bandits, and the men's baseball team—with all profits going back into improving baseball facilities in Cranbrook.

Last year, the funds went into making a new batting cage at Confederation Park, but this year, getting bathrooms at the diamonds in Moir Park is the priority.

"The biggest thing is that the money that we're raising is going back into the bathrooms at Moir [Park] at the ball parks," said  Seana-Lee Coolbaugh, the president of the Cranbrook minor ball association. "Any money raised from this tournament goes back into the ball fields."

Teams came in from as far away as Edmonton, with most of them looking to have some fun, while a select few came to play some serious, competitive slo-pitch.

"Overall, it was awesome, it was really good," Coolbaugh said. "The weather was excellent, people were really nice and seemed to enjoy themselves."

Results

Competitive

1st - Riot

2nd - DITB

Recreation A

1st - Junk

2nd - Tribal

Recreation B

1st - Sioux Mob

2nd - Koko Beach Tanning & Hair Salon

Recreation C

1st - Rez Boys

2nd - Cranbrook Vision Care

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