The Fort St. John sports scene feels a little more normal each week, as more and more events and leagues are taking place for the first time in almost two years. Slow pitch is no exception, as the Fort St. John Mixed Slow Pitch Society is holding a tournament July 24 and 25, its first since the 2019 season.
"We've been working toward putting one on for a while, and finally got the OK from the city to have a tournament, though we're still not allowed to have more than 50 people at a time around each diamond," said Slow Pitch President Eric Stutzman.
The tournament will be a "two-pitch" style, similar to the popular one-pitch mode, where each batter starts with two balls and two strikes already, resulting in a fun and faster game.
"It's just something fun we came up with. With one pitch, people are often swinging at bad pitches because nobody wants to walk, so this gives you a better chance at getting a good pitch. If it goes well, we'll try it again, and if not we'll do something different next time," said Stutzman.
The tournament is a welcome sight for the local slow pitch community as many of the usual ball tournaments that occur annually have yet to take place since the pandemic first began.
Stutzman said the modified season — the society started late for the second straight year — has gone well, and people are excited to play ball when they're able. With only one returning executive member, and Slo-Pitch National wanting insurance fees paid earlier this year, Stutzman said things were a bit rocky at the start of the season, but it feels like a regular ball season now.
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