Falcons’ fun

Annual First Ward Falcon Club softball tourney starts today

OBSERVER File Photos Above, Travis Jones takes a swing at a pitch during last year’s First Ward Falcon Club Fastpitch softball tournament. At right is Tim Wdowiasz pitching in an afternoon game for Dunkirk Fastpitch I. The 43rd annual First Ward Falcon Club Men’s Fastpitch Tournament will begin tonight with two games at Promenschenkel Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., with games continuing on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Promenschenkel Stadium and School No. 7.

The 43rd annual First Ward Falcon Club Men’s Fastpitch Tournament begins today with a couple of games at Promenschenkel Stadium at Wright Park beginning at 6 p.m. The tournament has been well known for getting teams from all over the area to participate, including Canadian teams. However, similar to last year, this tournament will not feature any teams from across the border.

The Canadian dollar as dropped to 76 cents compared to the US dollar, which makes it understandable as to why they continue to stay away from the tournament.

“The dollar is killing it,” said co-tournament director Tim Wdowiasz. “That’s why the Canadians won’t come down. Either way, it’s still going to be a lot of fun this weekend.”

Wdowiasz along with Matt Herdzik are once again co-directing this year’s tournament.

Wdowiasz mentioned that even though there won’t be full Canadian teams this year, there will still be plenty of talent, including players from Canada, Puerto Rico, Czechoslovakia, and the Dominican Republic as well as locals.

“I can already say the competition is going to be a step up from last year,” added Wdowiasz.

Last season’s winner, Erie Bud, returns to the competition once again as they will play their first game at 9 a.m. at School No. 7 against the IAC Braves on Saturday.

As for the local teams, they’ll kick off the tournament tonight at Promenschenkel Stadium at 6:30 p.m. Dunkirk Fastpitch I will face G&E Tents first, and at the conclusion of that game, Dunkirk Fastpitch II will play Dunkirk Lakeside Club.

The tournament will consist of 10 teams this year in the three day tournament, and it will feature the top eight teams competing on Sunday in a single-elimination tournament. The championship game is slated for 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Here is a complete schedule of the games taking place throughout the weekend:

Today

Promenschenkel Stadium

Dunkirk Fastpitch I vs. G&E Tents, 6:30 p.m.

Dunkirk Fastpitch II vs. Dunkirk Lakeside Club, 8:30 p.m.

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Saturday, July14

Promenschenkel Stadium

Dunkirk Lakeside Club vs. Imparables, 9 a.m.

Imparables vs. LMB Power, 10:45 a.m.

IAC Braves vs. G&E Tents, 12:30 p.m.

LA Guns vs. LMB Power, 2:15 p.m.

Dunkirk Fastpitch I vs. IAC Braves, 4:00 p.m.

Erie Bud vs. LMB Power, 5:45 p.m.

School No. 7

IAC Braves vs. Erie Bud, 9 a.m.

G&E Tents vs. Penn Line, 10:45 a.m.

Dunkirk Fastpitch I vs. Penn Line, 12:30 p.m.

Dunkirk Fastpitch II vs. Imparables, 2:15 p.m.

LA Guns vs. Penn Line, 4 p.m.

Kochs

Dunkirk Fastpitch II vs. LA Guns, 10:45 a.m.

Erie Bud vs. Dunkirk Lakeside Club, 12:30 p.m.

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Sunday

The top eight teams make the single elimination playoff, with games beginning at 9 a.m. at Promenschenkel Stadium and School No. 7. An updated schedule, as well as results from Saturday, will be printed in Sunday’s edition of the OBSERVER.

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