NACI fast-pitch have strong showing in Portage


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The NACI varsity girls fast-pitch team won the B-Side final at the Saints Classic in Portage la Prairie on Friday, May 4.

By Eoin Devereux

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The NACI Tigers varsity fast-pitch team had a tremendous weekend in Portage la Prairie, winning the B-Side bracket at the annual Saints Classic tournament. The event is one of the biggest fast-pitch events of the year, featuring 16 of the best clubs from all across the province. 

NACI found themselves in a tough draw during the round robin portion of the weekend; with Major Pratt (Brandon), Morden and Prairie Mountain (Somerset) serving as the early competition. The Tigers put in a solid performance, going 2-1 in the preliminaries. They defeated Morden by the score of 5-3 and Prairie Mountain with 7-6 decision. Their lone defeat was a 13-12 loss to Major Pratt. That single loss was enough to shift NACI into the B-Side playoff.

In the playoff, Neepawa subdued Martin Collegiate 7-3 and then moved on to outlast the Virden Bears in the final 10-9. As for the A-Side, it was the Garden Valley Zodiacs who claimed top spot, defeating Boissevain 4-3.