Bantam baseball at its best is coming to the Comox Valley on the August long weekend.
From July 31 to Aug. 3, the Comox Valley Baseball Association is hosting the 10-team 2015 Bantam A Provincials at Bill Moore Memorial Park.
The host Cardinals will welcome nine teams from throughout B.C. and organizers are inviting the Comox Valley to come out and show their support of these U15 aged athletes.
The visiting teams are Vancouver Community, Rutland/West Kelowna, Campbell River, Burnaby, Port Coquitlam, White Rock, Chemainus, Abbotsford and Newton.
The schedule has the Cards in action Friday, July 31 at 11:45 a.m. against Newton, Saturday, Aug. 1 at 9 a.m. against Chemainus and 2:45 p.m. against White Rock, and Sunday, Aug. 2 at 12 p.m. against Abbotsford.
Games will start at approximately 9, 12 and 3 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. An additional evening game will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. Semifinals and finals will be held Monday, Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
“It promises to be an exciting weekend of great baseball and friendly rivalry,” said Hina Smit, Provincial Championship Coordinator for the Comox Valley Baseball Association. “We invite our community to attend all our games as well as our opening ceremonies on Friday, July 31 at 6 p.m.”
Following the opening ceremonies, there will be a skills competition, with four events for the players to participate in.
“We welcome everyone to please come out and cheer on our players. For anyone who is interested in helping out our Provincial committee, they are looking for volunteers to scorekeep and to help prepare the fields for the games,” Smit said.
Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact Smit at 250-334-7570 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CVBA president Shannon Gaboury noted the City of Courtenay has been busy sprucing up Bill Moore park for the event and plans are in place for the CVBA to host a first-class tournament.
Gaboury also notes the City has relocated the Tyler Phillips memorial plaque to one of the big pine trees in Bill Moore park, rather than replace the young trees that have been vandalized several times over the past years, the most recent incident being on Mother’s Day weekend this year.