It’s 4:20 a.m. on Thursday July 17 and Zone 6 (Vancouver Island Central Coast) boys baseball team eagerly await their big yellow limousine to take them to the Nanaimo BC Summer games 2014. Over 3,000 participants all hoping to win that medal.
With their well-worn carry on baseball bags in hand, these Bantam boys were prepared to battle some fierce competition over the next three days against a number of teams from across B.C.
Our dedicated entourage of 14 players and three coaches have worked especially hard for this opportunity to represent our corner of the province and make our community proud.
Coaches Marty Dunn, Rod Nyberg and Mike Connor — the “Old Dogs” as they prefer to be called — chaperoned our sportsmen with integrity and pride.
Our team, in their bright green T-shirts, played consistently hard, encouraging one another with the bleacher creatures doing the same. As the games unfolded and the hot sun beating down on the players came to an end, Zone 6 placed fifth overall. With heads held high, and great friendships and memories to take with them from this experience, these boys threw their bags back on their shoulders and headed for home.
The Westerns’ tournament in Duncan will soon be approaching and these young men will be back on the Sooke fields to sharpen their skills for the final round of the ball season. If you see us practising, honk your horn and wish us luck.
Submitted by Michelle Wass