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“It will create some revenue for the town and some excitement, - Kenny John Jackson
SPRINGHILL - Regardless of its name, this weekend’s provincial slo-pitch tournament promises to be anything but laid back.
The community has secured the honour of hosting the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation slo-pitch tournament, with eight teams descending on the community to compete for the NSSAF banner.
“It was our turn to host it if we wanted, so we said it was worthwhile to have,” Springhill Minor Baseball’s Ken Jackson said. “It will create some revenue for the town and some excitement.”
Eight teams will compete within the Lions Park, staring Friday, and the two top teams will play a crossover into the championship. The first match will take place at 10 o’clock, with opening ceremonies following at 11:45 a.m.
Teams are made up of students from Grade 7 to 12, and here in Springhill Jackson says the high school team is a balanced example of how mixing up the roster promotes longevity for the sport.
“We have one or two Grade 7s this year and I think its great idea to carry some of the junior ones. They’re going to be with you up until Grade 12,” Jackson said. “They have to start somewhere and we believe if we can pick up one or two every year and keep adding to that by the time they hit Grade 12 they should be pretty good.”
Pitting the home team against some the province’s high school best will be a test of that theory and Jackson encourages everyone to check out the action over the weekend.
“It should be an exciting time for the whole town.”