From the Waterloo Region Record
By Christine Rivet
KITCHENER — Local senior men’s fastball will take a seat in the dugout in favour of the International Softball Federation’s world championship and the Pan Am Games this summer.
The tournament-only Kitchener Hallman Twins will play ball, but with a truncated schedule — only four event appearances — and not much in the way of local games to accommodate this summer’s marquee events.
The Twins have two players — infielder Brandon Horn and outfielder Ryan Wolfe — set to join Team Canada for the ISF worlds in Saskatoon June 26 to July 5.
Canada’s roster for the Pan Am Games — softball competition runs July 12-18 in Ajax — will at least include Horn, although the final lineup has not yet been released.
The Twins won’t hold their own tournament this year due to the crammed summer schedule.
The club surrendered its usual home tournament date — the third weekend in June — to organizers in Tavistock who rely on their event as a fundraiser for their local ball association, said Twins sponsor Jim Hallman.
The regular date for the Tavistock tourney — in mid July — would have fallen right in the middle of the Pan Ams, resulting in many of the world’s top players not being available.
“We have every intention of returning next year,” he said of Kitchener’s Peter Hallman Memorial.
And so this year’s version of the Cephas Roth, a 15-team tourney in Tavistock, goes June 18-21.