Triangle batter Naim Zandieh makes contact with a pitch in Greater Victoria mosquito division baseball play at the Juan de Fuca fields in Colwood. Triangle hosts a mosquito invitational tournament over the May long weekend. Don Descoteau/News Gazette staff

Triangle Baseball kids get busy at Juan de Fuca

Mosquito division hosts competition at Colwood fields

Nine and 10-year-old players from the Triangle Athletic Association will see their first tournament baseball action of the season over the long weekend.

The six Mosquito division teams from Triangle’s B.C. Baseball organization will be joined by teams from Peninsula, Carnarvon and Nanaimo, as well as one from Port Coquitlam, on the three Juan de Fuca fields at West Shore Parks and Recreation.

The event kicks off with a fun skills competition this Friday night (May 19), where players will have a chance to test their hitting, throwing and running abilities in a fun-based environment.

Tournament play gets underway Saturday morning, with two pools of five teams each contesting four round-robin games ahead of the playoff round.

The semifinals happen at 9 a.m. Monday, with the bronze and gold medal games set to start at noon that day.

“It’s going to be awesome,” said tournament director Crystal Burkard. “It’ll be exciting and fun for the kids, and it’s the perfect location.”

Special tournament meals will be created by the park’s concession operator, she noted, and the players will all receive goodie bags including swim passes, courtesy West Shore Parks and Recreation, for those in-between-games times.

Each of the local teams is assembling a large gift basket full of items to be raffled off as a fundraiser for Triangle baseball, and 50/50 draws will be ongoing each game.

To keep track of the tournament day by day, visit the Triangle Athletic Association page on Facebook.

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