Brussels Tigers Tournament starts tonight - July 26, 2018
BY DENNY SCOTT
The Brussels Tigers’ 47th annual Men’s Invitational Fastball Tournament, held this weekend in the village, marks a return to the traditional 12-team schedule that fans and players have come to know and love.
The tournament runs July 27-29. The Tigers will open the tournament with a game against the Delaware Highlanders at 7:30 p.m. on the community baseball diamond.
After that, at 9:15 p.m., the Goderich Grizzlies will take on the Kitchener Selects.
On Saturday morning, the action starts at 8:30 a.m. with the Monkton Muskrats taking on Harwood Corners. The Linwood Chiefs then take on the Walton Brewers.
At the Brussels, Morris and Grey Community Centre baseball diamond on Saturday morning, the Wroxeter Rippers will be taking on the Port Stanley Pirates at 10:45 a.m., followed by the Fullarton A’s taking on the Glencoe Astros.
Semi-finals follow on Saturday evening with the finals set for Sunday throughout the day. For a full schedule, check out the schedule advertised on page 11 of this week’s edition of The Citizen.
Brussels Tigers representative Shawn Daw said that last year, the tournament was down two teams, resulting in a change to the schedule. This year, with the addition of some new teams and a lot of regular teams returning, competition is back up to a dozen.
New teams this year include the Delaware Highlanders and the Glencoe Astros. Daw also said the Wroxeter Rippers are returning to the tournament after being absent for a few years.
Regulars like the Harwood Corners, Fullarton A’s, Goderich Grizzlies and Kitchener Selects have been coming for years while the Linwood Chiefs, featuring local player George Armstrong who typically suits up with the Wingham Hitmen, will be returning for the second year.
Daw said that one minor change to the tournament this year is that each team will receive $25 per win, meaning that teams that are bested in the semi-finals or earlier don’t necessarily walk away empty-handed.
The tournament functions as a fundraiser for the Brussels Tigers which, after covering expenses donate money towards buying jerseys and equipment for Brussels Minor Baseball and maintaining the diamonds in the community.
Daw said that, thanks to the generosity of a local business owner, a significant number of youth baseball gloves have been donated to the Brussels Optimist Club, which will be distributed at the tournament. Daw said to track down a member of the Brussels Tigers or visit the pavilion during the tournament for details.