The Jackhammers of Victoria win the first qualifier spot
The qualifier tour for the 2006 N.A.S.T.Y. Championships got underway in Sooke, BC this weekend with a fun filled tournament that was enjoyed by all. The finals featured arguably the two best teams in the lower island region with the Jackhammers of Victoria taking on the Dukes of Langford.
These two teams are certainly no stranger to one another having met in the finals of many local tournaments. However, both teams agreed that this was by far the most pressure packed meeting with so much on the line. The Dukes of Langford jumped out to the early lead in the game but the Jackhammers showed why they are the best the lower island has to offer battling back with clutch base hitting and mistake free defense that allowed them to come away with the one run victory.
This was not the only comeback victory for the Jackhammers during Sunday's playoff round. After their opening game that saw the Jackhammers live up to their name when dealing with Saltpring Island's team "Rock", the 'hammers then squared off with tournament heavyweights, Built for Comfort, from Langley BC. The team from the mainland featured some powerful hitters and skilled ladies and in the beginning of the semi-fianls looked as though they would be too much to handle for the local Jackhammers when they jumped out to an early 8 run lead. But in true Jackhammer fashion they did not give up and thanks in large part to the play of thier ladies were able to pull of another on run vicotry that moved them a step close to their place in the N.A.S.T.Y. championships and the chance at reality tv fame and fortune.
The other semi final featured the Dukes taking on the Shattered Dreams of Sooke, BC. The game was close in the beginning but in the end the Dukes were able to come away with a convincing victory. Shattered Dreams came into the day as the top ranked team in the "A" division but injuries to many key players finally caught up with them in the semis, and the Dukes took full advantage particularily late in the game. And although their dreams of making it to the $200,000 N.A.S.T.Y. Championships had been shattered, they gained the admiration of many at the tournament with their never say die attitude and the ability to play through what appeared to be some pretty painful injuries.
The qualifer tour returns to BC in August with a date in Chiliwack BC. Call 1.888.221.6686 or visit www.nasty-ball.com to reserve your spot.