Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen throws the first hardball during Carnarvon Ball Club opening ceremonies on Sunday, April 15. (Spencer Pickles/Black Press)

Carnarvon ball opens to fanfare

Tale of John Olerud inspires young ball players

Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen not only threw the first hardball of the Carnarvon Ball season, but inspired its young people with a tale of the park’s history during opening day on Sunday.

“Kids you’re joining a baseball club and park that has an incredible amount of history,” Jensen said. He went on to tell the tale of John, who came from Seattle for a tournament at the Oak Bay field. He smacked a ball so hard it hit a nearby house.

“An amazing feat,” Jensen said, revealing that player was John Olerud, who went on to play of the Toronto Blue Jays. “One of you out there is going to be a John Olerluld or Jane Olerud.”

MLA Andrew Weaver, threw the first softball pitch of the season and also took a moment to inspire all on hand.

“I’m so excited to see so many people here. So many children, so many parents so many volunteers, it’s integral to our community.”


 

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Play ball! About 450 players hit the fields this year with the Carnarvon Ball Club. Players, parents, fans and local politicians were on hand to celebrate opening day with a group photograph. See more images from the event on page A9. (Spencer Pickles/Black Press)

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