Grand Forks Minors play inspiring baseball last weekend

The Grand Forks Minors baseball team hosted the 2011 West Kootenay house playoffs and had the pleasure of welcoming teams from Beaver Valley, Castlegar, Trail and Nelson.

Jacob Vautour safely slides home in a game on Saturday

If you happened to wander into Dick Bartlett Park on the weekend of June 25, you would have found yourself watching some fantastic baseball.

The Grand Forks Minors were hosting the 2011 West Kootenay house playoffs and had the pleasure of welcoming teams from Beaver Valley, Castlegar, Trail and Nelson.

There were nine teams that entered the tournament to prove themselves the champions and take home personal championship trophies donated by B & F Sales and the coveted Ashman Family Trophy.

The games began bright and early the morning of Saturday, June 25 with the Grand Forks Tigers facing off against one of the teams from Castlegar.

With that win behind them, they moved onto their next game against a team from Nelson that didn’t go so well. This loss set them on a path that proved to be the most inspiring level of baseball teamwork.

The kids were able to rally together and perform an amazing feat by winning the next three back-to-back games.

With the team that much closer to the championship, they headed into what turned out to be their final game against Trail.

The team’s determination, endurance and teamwork was fantastic and after playing around six straight hours of baseball, the team  walked away with a third place finish.

Both Trail teams won their way to the final round with the Trail “Legion” team taking the title.

The weather was fantastic, the baseball exciting and the support from the players, parents and community exceptional.

The Grand Forks Minors look forward to visiting Trail next year and bringing the championship back home.