Master Batters top in Sayward

Port Hardy sides top the standings in the annual Oscar Daze Slo-pitch Tournament.

SAYWARD—The annual Oscar Daze Slo-pitch Tournament in this small seaside community came down to a couple of familiar North Island rivals — who usually don’t have to travel quite so far to square off on the diamond.

Port Hardy’s Master Batters upended Port McNeill’s Woodchuckers 15-2 in the A final to take home top tourney honours Aug. 3. The win avenged the Master Batters’ only loss in the tourney, at the hands of the Woodchuckers in the opening round.

It was a big weekend for Port Hardy teams, as the Bushcats walked off with the B division title.

The Woodchuckers were coming off the championship of the Port McNeill Slo-pitch playoff tournament, where they wrapped up an undefeated season in league play.

They’ll be back on their home turf this weekend as the slo-pitch tourney season continues with the annual OrcaFest Slo-pitch Tournament tomorrow through Sunday.

The tourney begins with games Friday and continues through Sunday’s 3:30 p.m. A final at Centennial Field.

Along with concession and a beer garden at Centennial, a highlight of the tourney is the Saturday night dance, and plenty of tickets remained this week.

Dance tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance. They are available for the next week at Timberland Sports, Gus’s Bar and Grill, The Flower Shoppe and The Clothes Inn. Tickets will also be available at the tourney beer garden Friday evening and throughout Saturday’s games.