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By Sarah Madussi
After four years and 4,000 hours of volunteer work, the Sandy Beach ball diamonds were finally lit up in front of a large crowd on Friday, June 24.
People gathered in the bleachers, on the deck of the newly constructed pavilion and stood around the dugouts as emcee and newly inducted Manitoba Hall of Famer Donna Chief showed her talents as both comedienne and superb pitcher when she threw in the opening pitch of the evening.
Light the Ball Diamonds committee members Angie Berrey and Chris Stoiber expressed their gratitude and appreciation for all of the help and support they received from the community and the surrounding area.“We are absolutely thrilled with the turnout we had Friday night. We’re absolutely thrilled with the event and we’re thankful that everyone appreciates what we did. We’re very proud of what we did and we’re proud of the whole facility. The entire weekend was a huge success,” says Berrey.
The weekend saw a variety of events from the opening speeches to the community slo-pitch game; the men’s fastball, women’s fastball and the mixed slo-pitch tournament that took place throughout the course of the weekend.
Berrey says the lights will now be used for regular league games but there is still lots of work to be done on the project. The winners in the mixed slo-pitch tournament are: A side champs-Beer Gang, B side champs-Aces, C side champs-Treasury Metals Jocks & Jills.