Four days of baseball descends upon Mattawa this weekend

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If you want baseball, the Mattawa Minor Hockey Association has what you need as it unleashes a weekend-long slow-pitch tournament to raise funds for minor hockey.

The action takes place at the diamond behind the Mike Rodden Arena, with the first team taking the field on Friday, July 29th at 7 p.m. The last game is scheduled for midnight.

The bats will be cracking for the next few days, as the event carries on until Monday. After Friday’s opener, games begin at 10:15 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, and carry on past the midnight hour. Monday’s action begins at 8:00 a.m. with the final championship game starting at 4:00 p.m.

It’s an epic weekend of baseball in Mattawa, with teams coming from Petawawa, Pembroke, Brampton, and Bradford. But there will be a lot of homegrown teams to root for, explained Ashley Jodouin, the vice president of the Mattawa Minor Hockey Association. “We usually get around six or eight teams,” from Mattawa she said, so the local talent will be well-represented.

The tournament is a qualifier for the NSA provincial championship, so you’re going to be treated to some serious slow-pitch action as teams vie for the top spot throughout the weekend. Those players are going to be hungry to go provincial.

The game raises funds for Mattawa Minor Hockey, and each team paid $400 to register. This year, 20 teams signed up, and the funds help offset the cost of ice rentals and other expenses. “It’s the biggest fundraiser for minor hockey” Jodouin said, and since Covid shut things down for the association for the past two years, she’s happy to be able to host the event again this year.

All games are free to watch, and there will be a beer garden set up on site. Bleacher space is limited at the diamond, so if you plan to settle in for a 14-hour day of intense baseball, you might want to bring along a chair.

David Briggs is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of BayToday, a publication of Village Media. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.

David Briggs, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, BayToday.ca

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