By Josh Howald
With a strong local entry in this year's tournament, the Kincardine Minor Baseball Association's peewee tournament this weekend could be one to remember.
The Kincardine peewee Cardinals are one of six teams in the hunt to win the annual event at Connaught Park in Kincardine. Teams from Goderich, Hanover, Listowel, Saugeen Shores and Annett (a Toronto minor baseball association) are all in the mix, which should make for some entertaining baseball this weekend.
The teams have been split into two groups. Kincardine will play in Group 2 with Listowel and Annett, while Group 1 will consist of Saugeen Shores, Goderich and Hanover.
The Cardinals are fresh off a Port Dover tournament where they posted a perfect 5-0 record. Hanover and Listowel traditionally put good teams on the field and have a good rivalry with the Cards, and it will be interesting to see what kind of club Annett puts on field this weekend.
All the action begins on Friday at 6 p.m. when the Cardinals take on Goderich on Diamond #2. Hanover and Listowel will face off at 7 p.m. on Diamond #3, and Annett will play Saugeen Shores following the Kincardine game on Diamond #2, around 8 p.m.
On Saturday, the fun begins at 10 a.m. with two games on tap to start the day. The Cardinals will host Saugeen Shores on Diamond #3, while Diamond #2 will feature Goderich against Listowel.
At noon, Hanover plays Annett, who will play back-to-back games. They face Goderich at 3 p.m. Saugeen Shores and Listowel will also play at 3 p.m.
The final game of the day will feature Kincardine and Hanover. That is a 5 p.m. start on Diamond #2.
The stats will then be tallied up, and the first place teams from each group will advance to a semi-final game. The team with the best record will play the second wildcard team at 10 a.m., Sunday, on Diamond #3, while the other group winner will face the first wildcard team on Diamond #2. The winners from those games will then meet to play for the tournament title at 1 p.m., Sunday on Diamond #2.
There is no admission charge for spectators to come take in any of the great baseball action this weekend at Connaught Park.