The batter for Ponoka's Alkabolics squad got his bat on this pitch

Rain kept at bay for annual slo-pitch event

The threats were there all weekend, but the rain somehow stayed away.

The threats were there all weekend, but the rain somehow stayed away.

The sixth annual Ponoka Lions Stan Baliant Slo-Pitch tournament felt a few drops and was nearly blown away by the wind on opening night, but otherwise the 18-team event went off without a hitch over the weekend at the Riverside diamonds.

Tournament organizer Irene Baliant, who along with her daughters took over running the event four years ago after her husband Stan who started the event passed away, said everyone was pleased the rain missed the event that began Friday, July 15 with the finals going Sunday, July 17.

“The only concern we had was on Friday night with the wind, it nearly blew our big tent away,” she said.

The Big Valley Stealers won the event by defeating the Free Agents from Clive in the A-final, while the B-final went to Ponoka’s Asylum who beat Red Deer’s Konfusion with another Ponoka squad, Alkabolics, winning the C-final over top of Giant Midgets from Rocky Mountain House.

A total of eight local teams six from Ponoka and one each from Crestomere and Maskwacis participated, but many of the out-of-town teams had some sort of representation or affiliation with Ponoka.

At least two of the three Red Deer teams had some local players or former residents as did the pair of squads from Leduc and Edmonton as well as the team making the longest trek Peace River.

Baliant stated this was the fourth straight year a now former Ponoka resident who lives and works in the province’s far northwest has brought a team down for the tournament.

 

Just Posted

Ponoka will save $430,000 with change to new waste contractor

Transition to take place with CanPak for Jan. 1, contract includes two bins

Crime rate slowly falling in Ponoka County

Ponoka RCMP stats show crime figures down from same nine month period in 2017

Ponoka Victim Services brings support dog to court hearing

One support dog was in Ponoka to provide support for a young victim attending court

Life of Darrell Paulovich honoured at Ponoka memorial

One of rodeo’s biggest fans was remembered during a memorial celebrating his life

PHOTOS: Volunteers add lights to Ponoka’s Centennial Park

Centennial Park in Ponoka will have a festive appearance once again thanks to volunteer supports

VIDEO: Shoppers like self-checkout lanes at the grocery store, survey suggests

Grocery Experience National Survey Report suggests most grocery shoppers spend 32 minutes per visit

Ponoka County issues stop order on un-permitted scrap metal recycler

Complaints about the business located near Morningside came to county council’s attention

No deal in sight: Canada Post warns of delivery delays into January

Union holds fifth week of rotating strikes as both sides remain apart on contract negotiations

Ponoka woman and Sylvan Lake man see assault charges withdrawn

Charges dropped in Rimbey Provincial Court, stayed against Morsette

Police looking into two more incidents at private Toronto all-boys’ school

Police and the school have said two of the prior incidents involved an alleged sexual assault

Air force getting more planes but has no one to fly them, auditor warns

The report follows several years of criticism over the Trudeau government’s decision not to launch an immediate competition to replace the CF-18s.

Bolder action needed to reduce child poverty: Campaign 2000 report card

The report calls for the federal government to provide more funding to the provinces, territories and Indigenous communities to expand affordable, quality child care.

Judge bars US from enforcing Trump asylum ban

Protesters accused the migrants of being messy, ungrateful and a danger to Tijuana; complained about how the caravan forced its way into Mexico, calling it an “invasion.”

Ottawa Redblacks defensive back Jonathan Rose suspended for Grey Cup

Rose was flagged for unnecessary roughness and ejected for contacting an official with 37 seconds left in the first half following a sideline melee after a Tiger-Cats reception.

Most Read