Grand Forks’ Liquor Store Chicks take Boundary women’s softball tournament title

Once known as the Winnie Chicks, the Grand Forks Liquor Store Chicks once again took the Boundary Women's Softball tournament.

No longer known as the Winnie Chicks

“It’s going to be really, really nice to put a different name on the trophy this year,” said Boundary Women’s Softball president Jennifer Eaton as she called the Grand Forks Liquor Store Chicks (LSC) forward to collect their first place trophy at the close of the 2013 Boundary Women’s Softball tournament last weekend in Beaverdell.

The Liquor Store Chicks took the final game against Rock Creek, winning at the end of five innings when the mercy rule called the game.

The backstory is that the LSC is the same team that won for the past two years – it just has a new sponsor, hence the new name.

The team was once sponsored by the Winnipeg Hotel, and known as the Winnie Chicks, but now that the Winnipeg is no more it is sponsored by the Liquor Store and More in Grand Forks.

The action started at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning with Greenwood playing Beaverdell.

Eaton reported there were no major injuries through the weekend.

LSC coach Sam Ross said that the Grand Forks team won all three of its round robin games and then lost its first playoff game to Greenwood.

“Which put us in the position where we couldn’t lose again or we were done.

“The girls came back from a game yesterday where we did not play well and the Greenwood team (did). It didn’t go very well for us at all. We were glad to have that out of the way,” he said.

LSC played three games on Sunday, playing at 9:30 a.m. and then, after a game break, they played two back-to-back games.

Gary Spencer was the head umpire, assisted by Jason Eaton, Terry Young, Clint Elliot and Ryan Bosovich. Scorekeepers were Darlene Rexin and Evy Uphill.

League first place – Liquor Store Chicks Most sportsmanlike team – Beaverdell Jack Popoff most dedicated helper – Shawn Waller and Tammy Shipton

Keeper awards

Best infielder – Gina Kuchen (Greenwood) Best Outfielder – Stacy Ludwar (Greenwood) Best Pitcher – Jay Walker (Rock Creek) Best Catcher – Breann Hallstrom (Greenwood) Best Batter – Geena Hanlon (with a .593 average, LSC) Tournament MVP – Jay Walker (Rock Creek)

Team MVPs

Greenwood – Breann Hallstrom; Liquor Store Chicks – Jenna Holmes; Rock Creek – Sara Geen; Beaverdell – Shannon Elliot.

Perpetual Trophies and Prizes

Tournament first place ($300 cash) – Liquor Store Chicks (Grand Forks) Tournament second place ($200 cash) – Rock Creek Tournament third place ($100 cash) – Greenwood

– Pat Kelly is reporter for the Boundary Creek Times

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