Vern Isberg organized the tournament, which is held in memoriam for his brother Arnie. He says the number of teams taking part increased again this year
“We had 16 teams that entered the tournament. Every year is always getting better,” he states. “We started out with eight teams the very first year, second year was 12 and now we’re at 16 and we’re going to cap it at 16 every year. We had a three team waiting list this year which is fantastic. It’s obviously a tournament people want to come to.”
With the tournament growing in size teams are coming from outside of Fort St. John to participate.
“I think it offers the fun of the one pitch and a bit of the competition as well with a lot of the great slow pitch teams in town and around the area. We had one from Fort Nelson, one from Chetwynd and the teams from around town here.” Isberg says.
When it comes to his brother Vern says that Arnie was a great person to all of his friends and took the time to contribute in the community.
“Arnie was always community minded. He was a great guy. If anyone ever knew Arnie he was the kind of guy that would light up a room. He was one of those people everyone gravitated to,” he explains. “The thing with him in the community is that he was involved with the rotary. He was involved with the Eastern Star, the church. He was a big helper of the hospital foundation so that’s why we decided all of the donations and the money raised are going to go to the hospital foundation and the cancer treatment fund.”
Teams were also awarded with cheques based on how they finished in their given division. The teams donated back their winnings to the cause.
The winning teams in the A, B, and C divisions were McGlovin, One Hit Wonders, and Bad Habits.