Highballs rise to top at All Chicks, Closson Classic up this weekend in Cowichan

In both brackets at the All Chicks Softball Tournament last weekend, it was the last-place qualifier who rose to the top.

The nine teams were split into A and B sides after the round robin, and in both cases, the team with the worst round-robin record won the title.

The sixth-to ninth-place teams went to the B side for the playoffs, where ninth-ranked Tutus and Tatas nipped the Sistas 11-10, and Yo Mumma edged the Diamond Divas 16-15 in the first round. The Tutus exploded in the B final to trounce Yo Mumma 20-9. Of the five teams on the A side, the Highballs had the worst record, but managed to beat Pitches Be Crazy to earn a semifinal berth. In the semis, the Highballs downed the Shooters 17-10 while TW beat the Clippy Fups 15-3. The Highballs turned it up in the final to beat TW 13-5 and claim top prize.

Not all the other teams went home empty handed, as Tutus and Tatas were named the bestdressed team, while the Clippy Fups were selected as most sportsmanlike.

This was the first time organizing the tournament for the Gord Closson Forest Products Fastball Club, and manager Joe DiLalla was largely pleased with the results.

"We stepped up, and I think it turned out well," he said. "Great weather, great fans, great players. Everything was great. We look forward to hosting it next year."

The Glenora fields will be turned over to the men this weekend for the Gord Closson Fall Classic. Games begin on Friday at 6:30 p.m. with a B-division match between the Spartans and Gators, and an A-side clash between the Rangers and their star pitcher Rick Smith and Gord’s Geriatrics and their star pitcher Korrey Gareau.

Smith and Gareau were teammates on the Gord Closson Forest Products team that won the Nanaimo Senior Men’s Fastball League this summer.

Games resume Saturday starting at 9 a.m. and going every two hours until 7 p.m. Play continues Sunday, with the finals at 3 p.m.