Blyth, Bovens pull together to host baseball tournament - Aug. 16, 2018
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Blyth was home to a whole host of activity over the weekend, not the least of which was the Blyth Festival’s annual tradition of Bonanza Weekend.
The Blyth Lions Club was also busy hosting several breakfasts, raising money for the Tanner Steffler Foundation. However, the weekend also played host to a sight not often seen in the village as of late: a baseball tournament.
Casey and Melissa Boven played host to a PeeWee Girls baseball tournament that is traditionally hosted in Stratford over the weekend.
Sixteen teams made their way to Huron County for the competition, with games scheduled on both Blyth diamonds and in Londesborough over the course of the weekend.
Due to a scheduling conflict, the tournament, which is traditionally held on the second weekend in August, was proposed to be moved to the following weekend. However, between the provincial competition being held that weekend and parents already taking vacation for the traditional weekend, the tournament seemed doomed.
The Bovens stepped in, not wanting to see the tournament miss a year, and proposed that it be held in Blyth.
The two mulled over the logistics of hosting the tournament – Melissa with her event planning experience and Casey with his ball tournament experience – and began contacting local service groups, volunteers and businesses.
It didn’t take long for them to gain the confidence that Blyth could host the tournament. They saw the benefits as being two-fold: not only would the tournament continue on, but it would give them an opportunity to show off Blyth and its ability to host a big-time baseball tournament.
The local PeeWee Girls league boasts 18 teams, 16 of which travelled to the community for the tournament. The teams in the league stretch from Huron County down to Woodstock and Ingersoll and all points in between.
In the end, it was the PDP (Plattsville, Drumbo, Princeton) Lightning that claimed gold in the A Division, followed by the Exeter Extremes 1 in second place and the Goderich Seahawks, who claimed the bronze.
In the B Division, the Mitchell Hornets 1 triumphed over the rest, followed by the Fullarton A’s in second and the Londesborough Legends 2 in third.
Melissa Boven says that it’s too early to say whether the tournament will return to Stratford in 2019, but she hopes to bring it back to Blyth after such a successful weekend.