North Peace Minor Baseball will host its first provincial tournament next weekend, and organizers are hoping the tournament will help grow the sport in the city.
The Baseball Alberta Bantam A Provincials are set for Kin Park July 19 to 21, with four teams making the trip. Fort St. John’s North Peace Black Sox, as well as the Wainright Nationals, Plamondon Mustangs, and the Lacombe Dodgers are the four teams competing.
The tournament kicks off on Friday, July 19 with the Black Sox playing Wainright at 3 p.m., followed by the opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. North Peace's next game is Saturday at 12 p.m. against Plamondon. All games are at Kin Park #2.
The Black Sox are currently tied for third out of 13 teams in their 15U Bantam A group, behind Wainwright and Plamondon, putting them into the Tier 1 Provincials.
“This is what we are hoping for, to be able to play the best teams,” Liddicoat said.
“Our local team has mostly been together for two years now and have competed the past two years in Pee Wee and have now made their way up to Bantam. We have some really strong players on this team so we like our chances to make Tier 1.”
This will be the first time North Peace Minor Baseball has hosted an event, Liddicoat said.
“This will be good exposure for baseball in town and hopefully help to create more interest for years to come,” Liddicoat said.
“The city has put a lot of work into the diamond, and we hope some fans come out to watch the games. It’s going to be great exposure for the game,” said Liddicoat.
Here is the full schedule for the weekend.
Friday July 19:
3:00pm North Peace Black Sox vs Wainright Nationals
6:00pm Opening Ceremonies
6:30pm Plamondon Mustangs vs Lacombe Dodgers
Saturday July 20th:
9:00am Lacombe Dodgers vs Wainright Nationals
12:00pm North Peace Black Sox vs Plamondon Mustangs
3:00pm Lacombe Dodgers vs North Peace Black Sox
6:00pm Wainright Nationals vs Plamondon Mustangs
Sun. July 21st