Hot weather and good ball make GFI a big hit so far

With near-record heat, the GFI has seen good crowds and some close games in the tournament so far.

Seattle Studs first baseman Nate Backes tries to tag runner Jordan Blundell of the VIBI Muckers during the fifth inning. Seattle ended up winning the Wednesday night GFI round-robin game 5-1.


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With near-record heat, the GFI has seen good crowds and some close games in the tournament so far. On Wednesday, the teams gathered for the opening march around the in field. Local singer Amanda Thate sang both the Canadian and US anthems, while councillor Chris Hammett filled in for Mayor Konrad in saying a few words on behalf of the city. Tournament chair Brian McAndrew threw the first pitch and it was game on for the rest of the tournament.

So far the Burnaby Bulldogs lead div. 1 with a 2 win 0 loss record; West Coast Guns lead div. 2 with the same record; and the Northwest Honkers lead div. 3 also with a 2-0 record.

Grand Forks Blues are 0-1 so far, while the Trail Orioles are 0-2.

Round robin action continues all day today (Thursday) and Friday. The money round starts Saturday with the quarter-finals featuring the final eight. Semi-finals go Sunday morning (8:30am and 11am) and the championship game goes at 2:30 p.m. followed by the closing ceremonies.