Downey memorial baseball tourney set

Victoria Mariners honouring late teammate with invitational tournament

Zack Downey

Victoria Mariners premier baseball team is hosting the inaugural Zack Downey Tournament at Layritz Park.

The event commemorates Langford native Downey, who was a Mariner when he was diagnosed with cancer two years ago and died in June.

The Mariners have split into two teams, with other B.C. Premier Baseball League teams, Victoria Eagles, Nanaimo Pirates, Parksville Royals and Coquitlam Reds, also competing.

The six-inning games began Thursday and play continues today with the Reds facing Mariners 1 at 5 p.m. Friday (Sept. 19). On Saturday, Mariners 2 play the Royals and Reds at 8 and 10:15 a.m., respectively, while the Eagles play Mariners 1 at 5 p.m. Saturday.  The top two teams in round robin standings play at 3 p.m. Sunday.