S.E.M. Pink Bat Tournament
Mother’s Day Weekend
Sheila Engh Memorial Pink Bat Tourney
May 10-12, 2013
The 9/10 Majors and 13/14 Juniors hosted teams from the lower mainland in honor of Sheila Engh, long-time Langley Little League supporter, who succumbed to breast cancer in November 2012. Her grandsons were honored at a touching Opening Ceremonies on Saturday with presentations of pink-colored Langley jerseys emblazoned with their name and numbers. She is deeply missed by members of the club.
All the teams battled in hard-fought games – the 2 Langley 9/10 Major teams played 2 teams from White Rock and 2 teams from Hastings in a Round Robin Tournament. “Their positive outlook made for fun baseball and a great time for everyone.” said Doug Crone, Vice-President for the League. Unfortunately, Sunday was rained-out even after the club’s valiant attempt to dry out the diamonds. “We’d no sooner get the field dried and it would start pouring again” said Dan McLaren, President of Langley Baseball Association.
The 13/14 Juniors where also halted by the weather and left the standings at Coquitlam 3-0, Langley 2-1, North Langley Mets 1-2 and North Langley Red Sox 3-0. Langley will play Coquitlam in the Championship Game at a to-be-determined date. This was the first time that players have been allowed to use wooden bats (pink wooden bats) in a game and although it took some adjusting they did very well.
Thank you to the players, parents and volunteers who worked hard to host this event. It was another great tournament hosted by Langley Baseball Association! Way to go Langley!
Postscript on Sheila Engh:
Sheila was a spirited woman, board member, Grandmother who loved to see kids playing baseball. Langley Baseball and those who knew her sadly lost Sheila to a lengthy battle with cancer in 2012. In her memory we have renamed the Mother’s Day Pink Bat Tournament.