The Mountaineer - Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada
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Barrie Michalisky Memorial Slo-Pitch Tournament
By Tyler Klinkhammer
Staff Reporter

Dozens of slo-pitch players registered to compete in the sixth annual Barrie Michalsky Memorial Slo-Pitch tournament in Caroline on Aug. 9, 10 and 11.
The tournament was founded in memory of the late Barrie Michalsky, who passed suddenly from a heart attack at the age of 42 in 2014. Michalsky was a slo-pitch player himself, and an avid sports fan. Since his passing, his friends and family have gathered for a slo-pitch tournament in his honour. Now, the tournament has taken on a life of its own and continues to grow.
The first annual Barrie Michalsky Memorial Slo-Pitch Tournament attracted 16 teams; this year saw 24 teams register to compete.
The weekend was cool, and a steady drizzle settled in by Sunday afternoon and lasted throughout the final games. Although the rain was coming down, spirits were high at the Caroline ball diamonds.
The camping area behind the Caroline Hub was packed with campers, competitors and spectators.
The finals took place on the afternoon of Aug. 11, between the Pine Martins and team Gong Show. Gong Show came away with the victory in the game, beating out the second place Pine Martins in a close match.
The memorial tournament also featured a silent auction and a pet-food donation station for the Rocky Organization for Animal Rescue. All proceeds from the tournament and auction were donated to STARS, Caroline Minor Hockey, and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.