For 25 years the Labrador West Women’s Slow Pitch Softball League has been in full swing, and its once again wrapping up a successful season.
Bev Martin started the league in 1987 as the fast pitch softball league dwindled down to only three teams. However she didn’t start playing slow pitch softball until 10 years later. “It’s not easy to start a league, making sure all your I’s are dotted and your T’s are crossed and things like that. I felt that was probably the best way to start off.”
Martin said she knew from the beginning she wanted friendly games.
“I wanted it to be a league that was more for fun than competition. Before they wanted an all-star team to go over to Newfoundland, but we tried to keep it as a fun league. And I think we really succeeded in that.”
Martin said there hasn’t been a year with any struggle to get memberships.
“I think that’s because it’s fun. You don’t have to have any skill at all. We’ve had players from 65 and down and have never played a game of ball in their lives. That’s what makes it such a success.”
As the league finishes up with tournaments and nears its annual banquet, Martin said she’s happy to see how far the league has progressed.
“I’m proud to say I was a part of the start up, and that I’m still involved in it. For the sport of softball, I think it’s fantastic. Not too many leagues can last 25 years, and I’m very proud to say I’m part of it.”