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A sigh of relief for Kamloops baseball as weekend tournament gets green light

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August 14, 2017 - 1:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - The Western Canada Baseball Championships will be played in Kamloops from Aug. 17 to 20 now that the wildfire smoke situation has improved.

Noon today, Aug. 14, was deadline for the Kamloops Minor Baseball Association and the Western Canada Baseball Association to decide whether the smoke posed too much of a health risk for the players that will be coming to town later this week.

“We couldn’t be happier to hear the news that the Western Championships are officially a go. A number of volunteers have put in countless hours in preparing for this event over the past year and more importantly over 400 kids and coaches get to participate in Westerns – something that they have worked very hard for all season,” said Kamloops minor baseball executive director Sean Wandler in a release.

The tournament will see 25 teams from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba compete with teams from Kamloops for the title of best baseball team in western Canada. The age groups that will be playing range from 13u to 18u.

The green light for the tournament means Kamloops hotels will not face the cancellation of around 350 rooms that have been booked for the weekend.

Play gets underway Thursday with the opening ceremony on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Norbrock Stadium. All the tournament games will be played at McArthur Island Park.

For more information on the tournament, go here.


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