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Slo-Pitch tournament a win for Windsor Royals

An Avondale Black Bears player swings for the ball during the Windsor Royals Coed Slo-Pitch tournament.
An Avondale Black Bears player swings for the ball during the Windsor Royals Coed Slo-Pitch tournament. - Colin Chisholm

ST. CROIX, N.S. – In 30-plus degrees weather, it was almost hard to imagine that the Slo-Pitch game at the St. Croix Ball Field would eventually help Windsor’s Junior C hockey team hit the ice later this year.

But that’s exactly where the money raised will go.

Angie Connors, organizer of the Windsor Royals Coed Slo-Pitch tournament and board member of the rebranded Junior C hockey team, said they’ve now held two charity softball tournaments for the team, both bringing in big numbers for the team.

“We appreciate all of the support we’ve been getting,” Connors said. “Funding like this is more is more important than ever.”

Connors said they’ve received a lot of positive feedback from the community since the Junior C team’s recent rebranding from the Avon River Rats to the Windsor Royals.

“Hopefully that excitement shows on the ice this season,” she said.

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12 teams from across the region participated in the tournament.

The Co Stros, winner of the Windsor Royals Coed Slo-Pitch tournament, which wrapped up on Aug. 12, 2018.
The Co Stros, winner of the Windsor Royals Coed Slo-Pitch tournament, which wrapped up on Aug. 12, 2018.

Nick Ballard, of the winning team, the Co Stros, which is made up of players from across the Halifax area, said they were happy to come out and play.

For the Co Stros, this is their third tournament, with a 2 -1 record leading up to the championships.

They defeated the Avondale Black Bears.

The secret sauce to their success? “We all like each other,” Ballard said. “We all go make plays for each other. Nobody carries the team.”

“We should be supporting one another, all sports,” he said.

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