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2013 Softball Canada Hall of Fame Inductees
NWT’s Paul Gard and the late Jimm Barr to be inducted into Softball Canada’s Hall of Fame on November 16th, 2013. Read the official release at Softball.ca
HBC Diamondbacks champions of NWT Fastpitch
The Home Building Centre Diamondbacks are once again the best me's fastpitch team in the NWT.
The Yk Men's Fastpitch League squad defeated the Hay River Heat by a score of 12-1 on July 21 to win the NWT Men's Fastpitch Championship in Hay River, their second triumph in the past three years. Their first title as a team came in 2011 in Yellowknife.
After a third place finish in the round-robin, the D-Backs defeated a very game Sub-Arctic Surveyors outfit in the quarter-final, 16-9, to set up a semifinal showdown with their long-standing rivals and defending NWT champions, the Slades Expos. The D-Backs made no mistake this time as they managed to outgun the Expos thanks to Devin Hinchey's grand slam midway through the game to blow the doors wide open.
In the final, the D-Backs used a big six-run second inning to take a commanding 8-1 lead and never looked back as pitcher Paul Gard did the rest, winning his second game of the day.
Hay River put in a fine performance in hosting the territorial championships for the first time since 2008. Pitcher Floyd Daniels showed he still has the goods but simply ran out of gas in the final. The Heat finished second in the round-robin and advanced directly to the final after beating the Expos, 5-3, in the first quarter-final.
Heat outfielder Terry Rowe was named the tournament's most valuable player thanks to a .750 batting average over six games and made some stellar defensive plays to keep his team in the hunt.
The D-Backs have now earned the first right to attend the 2014 Western Canadian Senior Men's "B" Fastpitch Championship thanks to their win.
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The History of Softball
Softball developed as a younger version of baseball. Softball was started by elements of other sports of which were boating, boxing and football. A boating club, a boxing glove and a football game were key parts in the very first game of softball. Cont'd
James McCarthy was honoured as Official of the Year at the Annual Sport North Awards Banquet. It’s not often in sports an umpire receives the positive recognition they deserve, as the accepted role of an official in any sport is to enforce the rules of the game and to do so in a fair and unbiased manner. It takes a strong personality and a lot of self-confidence to be successful. James holds both, as his professionalism has earned him the respect of players, coaches and fans alike. Congratulations James – We truly appreciate your contributions to Softball in the NWT.
Sport North President Maureen Miller presents James the Official of the Year Award.