Jays go to bat for Annual Slo-pitch Tournament

For Immediate Release

June 1, 2015

Ball players have lost count of the actual number of Anniversaries but for as long as players can remember Espanola has hosted the Annual Mixed Slo-Pitch Tournament the weekend following the August Civic weekend.


“The survival of this long running tournament is the due to volunteer dedication,” says Mayor Ron Piche.

Landon & Corri Duplessis, key volunteer organizers of the tournament recently gave notice that they were ready to pass on the torch.  Fortunately for the community the “Jays” Men’s Ball Team have stepped up to bat to maintain the tradition of the three day event. The tournament sets a 40 team maximum and historically has reached team capacity most years.

 “Not only does this tournament serve as a wonderful recreation opportunity, it provides an important boost to our local business community with the attraction of teams from all over Northern Ontario” says Cheryl Kennelly, Community & Economic Development Officer.   “The tournament has also served as a robust fundraising opportunity for community organizations managing food and refreshments.”

The Town of Espanola is thankful to Landon & Corri Duplessis and their core team of organizers for their dedication to the tournament for the past 8 years and to the Jays for carrying the tradition.  

“Volunteers champion the many services, events, leagues and tournaments that add value to the quality of life in our community,” says Piche.  “Volunteers will be celebrated on June 14th at the Espanola Regional Recreation Complex for a come and go BBQ.”

For information contact:
Cynthia Townsend
Clerk Treasurer Administrator                                                    
705-869-1540
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