MINDEMOYA—Despite rainy weather, it was a great weekend for the annual Pearson Cup Slo-Pitch Tournament, with players utilizing the baseball field upgrades that were made possible thanks to $150,000 in funding from the Jays Care Foundation, the charitable arm of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Organizers were forced to call the championship games because of rainstorms Sunday leading to ‘co-champions’ in each division that split the prize money. In the Open A Division, the top teams were the Keggers and the Happy Hooters; the Open B Division top teams were Blakes Bats and I’d Hit That; the Open C Division tops teams were the Weekend Warriors, King Crushers and Sucker Lake Sea Squirrels; the 35ers A Division top teams were the Cleats and Cleavage and Walking Wounded; the 35ers B Division top teams were Balls and Dolls and Weapons of Mass Consumption; the 35ers C Division top teams were Balls Deep and Beetle Blue Balls; and the 45ers winners were the Goat Island Refuge.
The Sandy McCutcheon Campbell Memorial Bursary went to Yvonne Bailey and was presented by Sandy’s daughters Cassie Noble and Laney Campbell.
“I was very surprised to receive it, however I was very honoured as Sandy was my best friend,” said Ms. Bailey. “It is an award I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
Players were pleased with the new baseball field upgrades that include new dugouts and covers, which came in handy with the weekend’s weather.
The upgrades also included protective plastic on the outfield fences, players benches, eight foot high screens in front of the dugouts, work on the infield and new bases.
“We had about 20 volunteers who helped with all the work,” said Pearson Cup Committee member Greg Lockeyer. “We had a real push before the (Pearson Cup) weekend and tightened the last bolt Friday afternoon at 4 pm.”
There will also be upgrades to the lighting at both fields, but the Pearson Cup Committee is waiting on quotes and options. As well, the outfield will be built up using top soil, clay and sod in the fall.
A new concession stand is also being built at the Mindemoya baseball fields—a joint effort between the Central Manitoulin Lions Club, Mindemoya Minor Hockey Association, Mindemoya Curling Club, Manitoulin Special Olympics and the Pearson Cup Committee. The Central Manitoulin Lions Club has donated $10,000 for the stand that will be 16 ft. by 32 ft. and feature an eight-foot service window and full kitchen.