Sooke Logger

Sooke Loggers draw large crowd on home turf

The men’s fastball team played their first two home games against Nanaimo at Art Morris Park

The Sooke Loggers hosted their first two home games at Art Morris Park on July 28 against the Nanaimo Wheatchiefs.

The Loggers were welcomed with full bleachers, and local ball enthusiasts dotted along the green of the ball park. About 250 fans came out to view the games.

“We were happy with the turn out, we knew we’d draw well. Everybody likes ball out here,” said field manager, Len Banner.

The touring team plays different tournaments throughout North America, travelling to places like Las Vegas, Fargo, Nebraska and Santa Barbara, California. But Banner said the large turn out in Sooke was one of the best he’s seen all year.

“There’s way better attendance here in Sooke than any other diamond we’ve seen so far,” he said.

“We’d like to play out here, and we’ve got the support to play here. We’re going to try to get more games out here next year some how, it’s just that we have to get more All Star teams to come play.”

The Loggers played two exhibition games against the Nanaimo Wheatchiefs, earning a win of 8-1 in five innings for the first game, and a loss of 2-1 in the second.

Banner said, Collin McKenzie, who usually pitches for the Loggers was loaned to Nanaimo, which put the home team at a slight disadvantage.

“Their pitcher is the guy that pitches for us… and he held us off balance, he’s a good, smart pitcher.”

The Loggers will attempt to schedule a few more exhibition games in the coming weeks before they head to the International Softball Congress World Tournament from Aug. 11 to 18 in Midland, Michigan.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Two-vehicle crash in Langford sends one to hospital Monday morning

Driver sent to hospital with unspecified injuries

Recent arrests skim surface of Victoria’s human trafficking problem

Port city makes desirable place for traffickers flying under the radar

Victoria Canadian Forces member honored with exceptional Rotary Club award

Capt. Jacqueline Zweng is the Western Canada Ambassador of Wounded Warriors Canada

Oak Bay athletes rule the slopes at Island ski and snowboard series

Oak Bay boys take top ski, snowboard honours

B.C. budget expected to stay the course as economic growth moderates

Finance minister said ICBC costs have affected budget

VIDEO: Ottawa wants quick, peaceful resolution to pipeline protests, Trudeau says

The protests have manifested themselves as blockades on different rail lines across the country

Canucks acquire forward Tyler Toffoli from Kings in push for playoffs

Vancouver sends Schaller, Madden, pick to L.A.

New highway proposed between Alberta and B.C.

The route would connect Red Deer to Kamloops

Wet’suwet’en and B.C. government have been talking Aboriginal title for a year

Coastal GasLink says it has agreements with all 20 elected First Nations councils along the 670-kilometre route

Trudeau tightlipped on plan to end protests ‘quickly and peacefully’

The prime minister, who cancelled a two-day trip to Barbados this week to deal with the crisis at home

Canadian standards for coronavirus protection to be reviewed, health agency says

The protocols set out how health workers should protect themselves and their patients

Monday marks one-year anniversary of man missing from Langley

42-year-old B.C. man, Searl Smith, was last seen leaving Langley Memorial Hospital on Feb. 17, 2019

Amtrak warns of delays as railways from Seattle to B.C. blocked by Wet’suwet’en supporters

Coastal GasLink said it’s signed benefits agreements with all 20 elected band councils along pipeline route

Federal emergency group meets on pipeline protests as rail blockades continue

There’s mounting political pressure for Trudeau to put an end to the blockades

Most Read