Celebrity slo-pitch game this Saturday



By Doug Kennedy


There will be a lot of tall tales told at the Connaught ball park this Saturday. It starts with the Kincardine Cubs playing against some alumni players. That starts at 2 p.m. and goes until 4 p.m. From 4-5 p.m., General Gist plays besides the ball field to entertain fans between games.


At 5:30 p.m., there will be a celebrity slo-pitch game. Kincardine Minor Baseball President Jay Bell has done a good job of organizing this event. Scott McKay has lined up some ex-NHLers to come to Kincardine for the day. Todd Harvey and Todd Warriner are two who will play on Saturday.


Local OHL Humanitarian of the Year Garrett McFadden heads up an impressive young group. Although Logan Stanley did not grow up here, his parents did. Logan is a first round draft pick of the Winnipeg Jets and recently signed a three-year contract with them. Logan was also a Memorial Cup champion two years ago with the Windsor Spitfires. Boris Katchouk, who is a World Junior champion and a second round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning, is also going to play. He currently plays for the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds.


Kendra Fisher heads up an impressive group of local women who will be playing in the celebrity game. Hannah Davidson, Cassidy Colhoun, Morgan Baker and Madison Beishuizen have played or are about to play university hockey. Golfer Taylor Candler will also play.


Local ex-juniors and pro-players Dave McIiwain, Garrett Meurs, Travis Riggin, Jordan Willis, Brent Armstrong, Jeff Alcombrack and Barret Ehgoetz make up another impressive crew.


Part-time Kincardine resident and ex-NHLer Pat Riggin is going to play and help coach. Windsor University player Ethan Skinner will also play. The three Catto brothers – Brett, Josh and Dustin – will play. All three played for the Bulldogs and Brett and Josh spent more than a year in the OHL.


Local MP Ben Lob will play, as well. Ben spends a lot of time on the ball field, so he should look good. Local university ball player and coach Ryan Enright will also play.


Celebrity coaches include Nute Catto, Harold Maurer, Jim Bell, Keith Davidson and Wilfred Laurier coach Scott Ballantyne. It should be a great day.


*I made a mistake in last week’s column about Morgan Baker’s goalie school. It is from Aug. 13-17 at the Davidson Centre.