The Mike Reid Softball tournament in aid of the MacKay Centre was a resounding success this weekend in Greenfield Park. Under clear blue skies, and warm but not hot temperatures 32 teams of men (including some women), playing at Pierre Laporte Park (Empire Park for those who remember it’s earlier name) and 4 women’s teams playing at Park Lane Park battled it out in an elimination tournament to see which teams would be remaining when the finals rolled around Sunday evening.
Every team’s first game decided which section you’d play in. If you won that game you went into the A division, if you lost into B. The team I played on, the Aliens, won our first game and were placed in the A division with the better teams. This made it really difficult because from now on we had to win every game to continue, and we were up against a very strong East Greenfield team in our second game. We battled them well for five innings, the score tied 7-7 going into the last inning. Then the roof collapsed and they scored 13 runs in the top of the sixth. We managed two more runs but it wasn’t nearly enough. We were eliminated and headed for the beer tent for refreshment.
There were few sad faces when teams were eliminated because everyone was playing for a greater goal than winning – it was to raise as much money as possible for the Mackay Centre.
The organizing committee of the tournament – Wade Wilson and his wife Brenda, Frank Reid and his daughters Kathy and Susan, Gary McLarnon, and Raymond Lee did a fabulous job obtaining volunteers to prepare and cook the food, sell the beer and the tickets as well as setting up the schedules for the games.
After the final of the A division, the trophies were awarded to the ladies champs, Huzey’s Honey’s, sponsored by the Park’s Brent Huzulak, and to the men’s A division and B division champs, Stadium 21 from Candiac and the Dodgers from St. Bruno. One Park team made it to the final of the B division, Wade Wilson’s Labatt’s team.
However two Parkers were named Most Valuable Players: Kim Simmons in the Women’s Championship and Peter Martin (formerly of Rolland Crescent) in the Men’s Championship.
But the best announcement of all was when Wade Wilson revealed that over the years the Mike Reid Tourney had donated more than $ 400,000 to the MacKay Centre.
It was great to see so many Parkers and former Parkers at the tournament. The organizing committee hopes to see you all again next August, and perhaps a few more who weren’t here this year.
Thanks John R.