A’burg hosts girls interlock baseball tourney


By Joel Charron

Amherstburg sure did get a lot of use of their baseball diamonds this past weekend.

The Essex County Girls Interlock tournament was played over the weekend. Roughly 40 teams from Harrow, Leamington, Kingsville, Essex and Amherstburg competed over the weekend in three divisions, intermediate, junior and senior. Amherstburg was represented by six teams.

The games were played at Centennial Park, Bill Wigle Park and Malden   Central Park.

The tournament got off to a rough start with all the games being cancelled on Friday because of thunderstorms.

“The rain set us back about 15 games on Friday,” said tournament convener Mary Lippert. “But we sorted everything out on Saturday and we were able to start on time and fit in all the cancelled games.”

Amherstburg Minor Baseball’s event coordinator Bruce Kraler said although the rain brought the tournament to a halt, the good thing it did was water the diamonds.

“The diamonds are in great shape now,” he said. “They were very dry before the rain.”

Kellyanne Lamothe dives at third base with the ball in her hand to get the baserunner out.

Lippert said the quality of baseball is very good.

“I have a team in the senior “A” pool and I know that every team has won or lost to each other through the season so the baseball is going to be excellent,” she said.

Amherst Minor Baseball president Wayne Vigneux said communities do not have enough teams to run their own divisions in their own town, thus creating the Essex County Interlock Girls League.

This is the second consecutive year Amherstburg has hosted the interlock tournament and according to Lippert made some changes from last year.

“We moved teams around this year,” said Lippert. “Last year, parents complained a little bit about not being able to go to different parks because each division stayed at one park.”

Lippert also mentioned that having concession stands at each park really helped out as well.

“All of the parks are serving lunch. Last year they all had to come to Centennial Park for lunch,” explained Lippert. “That made things a lot easier for people.”

The tournament winner are as followed:

Jr. “A” pool: Ernie’s TV (Kingsville)

Jr. “B” pool: Bluwater Pools (Essex)

Int. “A” pool: Ford Fusion (Leamington)

Int “B” Goggin Mold (Amherstburg)

Sr. “A” pool: Laser Art (Harrow)

Sr. “B” pool: Source for Sports (Leamington)

Congratulations go out to Goggin Mold – Amherstburg team 3, coaches Kathy Dodds, Jim Vandermuran, Rob Morse, Bobby Goggin & Jennifer Starling for leading there team to victory.

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