Big Valley Stealers shortstop Keelan Stephanick starts this inning ending double play versus Edmonton Showtime as second baseman Jonathon Ankerstein looks on. Big Valley beat the previously undefeated city squad for the ‘A’ event championship. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

Big Valley captures Ponoka Lions tournament title

Ponoka’s Medcor Misfits just edged out in B event championship

A small town team knocked off the big city squad to win the annual Ponoka Lions Slo-Pitch tournament.

The event, which ran July 12 to 14 at the River Valley diamonds, saw 17 teams competing for some prizes and pride with the Big Valley Stealers taking away top spot after posting a 16-9 victory over Edmonton’s Showtime in the ‘A’ event final.

After two days of round robin play, Showtime earned a berth directly into the final after failing to lose a contest while the Stealers had to play a quarter-final where they got past Cohesion and then won the semifinal 14-4 over the Sport Sox.

The final though was all Stealers, who got up 5-0 early and cruised to the title.

Over in the ‘B’ event was where the big excitement was, as local squad Medcor Misfits put up a late fight only to fall 11-10 to Wetaskiwin’s Friends of RJ. Medcor struggled to score for most of the game and were down 11-2 heading in the final inning.

That’s when their bats seemed to come alive, notching eight runs, but that’s where the rally would stop and the title going to the other dugout.

The Friends of RJ earned a bye to the final after getting past Kronik, while Medcor had to beat Dynamite in the quarter-final then mercied We Got the Runs 11-1 in the semifinal.

It was the Edson Drillers that came out the winners of the ‘C’ event after posting a 20-10 win over Wetaskiwin’s DaWonk Sox. The Driller beat the Rivers Rats 15-5 to have the bye to the final, while the Sox has to first get by the Brew Crew 12-11 in the quarter-final and followed that up with 14-11 semifinal victory over the Spanish Nationals.

Organizers were pleased with the turnout as well as the rain holding off on the Saturday, only making many of the those participating in that night’s home run derby slightly soaked.

All of the proceeds from the event go right back to supporting many local Lions Club projects.

Just Posted

Klaglahachie goes plaid for new play

Forever Plaid musical to take to Ponoka stage next month

Ponoka locals to compete at CFR

The 2019 Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) in Red Deer will feature a… Continue reading

Ponoka town council passes first reading of proposed animal control bylaw

New, updated bylaw would replace old one, includes cats

CBHI doles out the cash

The annual huge barrel racing event in Ponoka another great success

Bantam Broncs better on both sides in big win

Ponoka pounds Lindsay Thurber 38-12 in final regular season home game

VIDEO: #MeToo leader launches new hashtag to mobilize U.S. voters

Tarana Burke hopes to prompt moderators to ask about sexual violence at next debate

PODCAST: Journalism instructor discusses how reporters have taken on climate change

Mount Royal University’s Sean Holman has been researching how journalists have covered climate change

ELECTION 2019: Have Justin Trudeau’s Liberals really cut middle-class taxes?

Conservative Andrew Scheer vows to cut bottom bracket, NDP’s Jagmeet Singh targets wealth tax

Alberta truck convoy plans counter-protest at climate rally with Greta Thunberg

United We Roll organizer says similar protest planned for Swedish teen’s event in Edmonton

Scheer, Trudeau, Singh haggle over potential minority government outcome

If you believe the polls, it appears the Liberals and Conservatives are neck-and-neck

Maskwacis RCMP truck rammed by fleeing vehicle

An individual has been arrested following a chase and then a deliberate… Continue reading

Alberta takes second look at trucking changes after meeting Broncos families

Transportation minister has said government was reviewing rules for school bus drivers and farmers

Male pedestrian dead after collision with train in Blackfalds

Man from Red Deer pronounced dead at the scene

‘Sky didn’t fall:’ Police, lawyers still adjusting after pot legalization

Statistics Canada says 541 people were charged under the federal Cannabis Act between Oct. 17, 2018 and the end of the year

Most Read