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Fastball Winding Down....& Up


By Fred Wallace


While the Toronto Blue Jays have done precious little for 4 months to inspire interest among ball fans, the fastball community in this region has been both active and eventful.

The highlight event over the weekend was the Bluewater Fastball Championship Tournament, held every year at Chepstow.

Nine teams entered the competition which started with 4 games Friday night and weaved its way to the Championship Final on Sunday afternoon.

To the surprise of no one, the defending league champion, and the reigning ISC II Champion Port Elgin Blue Devils advanced to the final game.

The opposition in the Championship was the Elmwood Cameron Funeral Home Smoke.

The two clubs slugged it out into extra innings when Andy Ahrens scored to put Elmwood ahead.

The Blue Devils, who hit as well as any ball club in the province, got runners on in their last at bat and then launched a long drive that appeared to be on its way out of the park when the Elmwood outfielder tracked it down and made the game ending catch.

Bluewater Fastball, and the sport in general in this region, appears to be very healthy and based on a lot of projections gives every indication of being a growth sport in both minor and adult leagues in the year ahead.

I'm Fred Wallace

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