A scene from last year’s Gord Closson Old Timers Fall Classic. (Citizen file)

A scene from last year’s Gord Closson Old Timers Fall Classic. (Citizen file)

Ballplayers gather for Closson Fall Classic

Long-running fundraiser goes at Waldon Park

Ballplayers will gather at Waldon Park in Glenora this weekend for the annual Gord Closson Old Timers Fall Classic.

Thirteen teams — believed to be a record — are signed up for the tournament, which will run Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.

“Thirteen is more than enough,” organizer Joe DiLalla said. “Twelve would have been enough. But it’s a fundraiser, so I’m not going to say no to anybody. We haven’t had this many teams in 10 years, if ever.

Recipients of the funds raised this year will be the family of Ken Elliott and the Next Step Outreach Society.

Elliott was a Cowichan Valley man with ties to the tournament who died of cancer in 2016 at the age of 53.

The Next Step Outreach Society is a program for young adults with special needs operated through the Clements Centre.

Teams at the tournament are split into masters and open divisions. One game in each division will be played on Friday at 6:30 p.m., and games are scheduled for Saturday at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Round-robin play wraps up with games at 8 and 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. The first masters playoff game is at 9:30 a.m., and both divisions have playoff games at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

kevin.rothbauer@cowichanvalleycitizen.com