One Kentville woman, Cay Wynn, tossed the first ball July 3 to start the Fallen Heroes weekend. Her son, RCMP Const. David Wynn, was shot and killed earlier this year while on duty in Alberta.
Wynn previously lived in Kentville and New Minas and later served as a paramedic in Bridgewater.
"She did great," said MacLean, of Cay Wynn’s contribution, “and added a lot to the opening. Const. Dave Ross’ family had a team this year too.”
Ross was killed in Moncton while on duty in 2014. His wife hails from the Valley.
MacLean hopes to raise between $10,000 to $15,000 with the weekend tournament, when he tallies expenses.
The funds will be set aside for Wynn's three sons, and also for Aux. Const. Derek Bond, who was wounded at the same time.
There were 23 teams and close to 300 people taking part in the tournament. Ball games will continue through Sunday afternoon in the warm sunshine.
MacLean said teams came from New Brunswick, the South Shore, Halifax and Truro to take part.
“It was nice to see new faces,” MacLean noted, a keen baseball player who belongs to three weekly leaques.
This is the second year of the Fallen Heroes tournament.