Still run­ning the bases

Wabush Ladies Slo-Pitch Fun League go­ing on 31 years

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Editorial - BY GARY SHAW

Bev Martin has had the Wabush Ladies-Slo Pitch Fun League solidly en­trenched in her heart and soul since day one, 31 years ago.

In 1987 a small group of women got to­gether and drafted a con­sti­tu­tion and the Wabush Ladies Slo-Pitch Fun League was born. This group of ladies hasn’t looked back since then.

They be­gan with women that were 16 years old or older. The league be­gan with four teams con­sist­ing of 20 play­ers per team. Each team from the be­gin­ning, un­til the present day, have con­tin­ued to have play­ers on each team that rep­re­sent all lev­els of skill. From the very ba­sic knowl­edge and skill level as play­ers, to some re­ally good play­ers, the teams and the league in its en­tirety wel­comed ev­ery­one equally. The char­ac­ter and man­date was af­ter all spelled out in the very name of the League, ‘Fun,’ some­thing that hasn’t changed from the very be­gin­ning.

In 2013 the old Wabush Le­gion Field, as it had been his­tor­i­cally been called, was re­named in a sur­prise cer­e­mony. A well de­served ac­knowl­edge­ment to so many years of un­con­di­tional ser­vice to this league and her com­mu­nity, it be­came the Bev Martin Field.

In my con­ver­sa­tion with Fi­field, she was very hum­ble and de­flected all of the ac­knowl­edge­ments to all of the other folks who have con­trib­uted to the suc­cess of this League.

Martin ex­pressed grat­i­tude to the never end­ing ef­forts of the many ded­i­cated folks who have sat on the ex­ec­u­tive serv­ing in the re­quired po­si­tions with noth­ing but the un­con­di­tional ini­tia­tives nec­es­sary as their man­date.

She also ac­knowl­edged the many other vol­un­teers that have given un­selfishly of their time and ef­forts in not only the lo­gis­tics of run­ning the League but just as im­por­tantly, keep­ing the fun in it.

She was also clear on the im­por­tance of the huge sup­port of the Town of Wabush, the com­mu­nity at large, and the many spon­sors from within the busi­ness com­mu­nity that have de­liv­ered the nec­es­sary solid sup­port for so many years.

The league has con­tin­ued to grow. They cur­rently have seven teams made up of 20 play­ers per team, with a to­tal of 140 play­ers hit­ting the field Sun­day, Mon­day and Wed­nes­day night each week from mid June un­til well into Septem­ber each sea­son.

The play­ers range in age from 16 years to well into their 70’s. All the games are played with fun and sports­man­ship as the top pri­or­ity. Some games end with a tight fought bat­tle and a 2 to 1 score while oth­ers may end up with the score at 35 to noth­ing. It doesn’t mat­ter; fun for all is the goal achieved ev­ery game.

The league has three tour­na­ments each year as well as their reg­u­lar games. They also host an an­nual year-end ban­quet with great lo­cal busi­ness spon­sor­ship. Each year the league makes an­nual do­na­tions to well de­serv­ing lo­cal char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions.

This league, their spon­sors, the com­mu­nity of Wabush, and the many play­ers and vol­un­teers from both of our com­mu­ni­ties de­serve a huge pat on the back, for achiev­ing such great suc­cess for some­thing that truly mat­ters, for so many years.

GARY SHAW/SPE­CIAL TO THE AURORA

Bev Martin helped start the slo-pitch league 31 years ago in Wabush

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