Escape on the block at Gord Closson Fall Classic

A field of 10 teams will battle for the title at the 2015 Gord Closson Old Timers Fall Classic fastpitch tournament this weekend.

A field of 10 teams will battle for the title at the 2015 Gord Closson Old Timers Fall Classic fastpitch tournament this weekend, while 200 lucky ticket holders will have a chance to win a 2006 Ford Escape.

The tournament will run from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon at Waldon Park in Glenora, with entries from Duncan, Nanaimo and Victoria. The Gord Closson Forest Products team that finished second in the Nanaimo Senior Men’s Fastball League this summer will be represented in the tournament by Dogpatch, although players from the GCFP will be present on several of the rosters.

The Ford Escape, donated by Bow-Mel Chrysler, will be raffled off at $50 a ticket, with just 200 tickets available. Tickets will be available from each of the 10 teams, or at the tournament. Proceeds will go to a local family in need. This is the second year that Bow-Mel has donated a vehicle, and tickets were snapped up quickly last year.

The tournament will also include a 50/50 draw, beer gardens, and a concession run by the Shriners.

Round-robin games take place Friday at 6 p.m., and Saturday at 8 a.m, 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The playoffs will go on Sunday, wrapping up around 5 p.m.