There were no repeat champions at the 2016 Canadian Slo-Pitch Championship in Whitehorse.
The defending champion Alberta Oilmen and Miken HR Sports Ladybirds both came up short in their bid for back-to-back titles. The Oilmen were eliminated by the eventual champion ON1 Mike HR Sports Orioles, settling for bronze, while the Ladybirds went out in the first round of the playoffs Friday.
The Orioles claimed their gold medals the hard way, needing four straight wins on the final day in order to reach the top. First they knocked off the ON4 Aftershock, then they eliminated the Oilmen. Up against the undefeated ON2 Mizuno Canucks in the championship game, the Orioles forced a second game with a 27-24 victory, and then clinched the title with a 29-19 win in game two.
Orioles outfielder Ron Nadalin was named playoff MVP for the men’s championship, with a .770 batting average, 17 runs scored, 5 home runs, and 20 RBIs.
On the women’s side, it was the BC1 Adrenaline going home with the gold. Despite finishing fourth in the round-robin, the Adrenaline came on strong in the playoff round, knocking off the defending champion Ladybirds in their first game, and downing the Alberta Sparqs 24-17 in their third straight victory.
Adrenaline catcher Jackie Bates claimed MVP for the women’s championship, batting .800 with 6 runs, 4 home runs and 15 RBIs.
A total of 137 games were played at the Pepsi Softball Centre over seven days, with 18 men’s teams and nine women’s teams taking part. The 2017 Men’s and Women’s Canadian Slo-Pitch Championship will be hosted in Saint-Bruno, Quebec.