The 46th annual Kamloops International Baseball Tournament will be held from July 4 to July 7 at Norbrock Stadium and will feature eight semi-professional teams from Canada and the U.S.
“For those who have never been before, it’s a fantastic event for the entire family to get out and enjoy some ball over four days in July,” KIBT president Wayne Harper said in a press release.
Signed on to play this year are the Seattle Studs, Northwest Honkers of Seattle, Coquitlam Angels, Calgary Dinos, Alaska Goldpanners, Edmonton Cubs, Kamloops Sun Devils and last year’s champions, the Everett Merchants.
The 2019 tournament prize purse is $20,000.
Six teams played in 2018 — the Studs, Honkers, Merchants, Sun Devils, Seattle Selects, Redmond Dudes.
The Merchants edged the Studs 6-5 in 12 innings the 2018 final, ending Seattle’s seven-year run of titles. The Merchants looked like they had the title in hand as they led by two entering the ninth inning, only to see the Studs score twice to tie the game. Everett ended the dramatic extra-innings game with two-out triple in the 12th that scored the winning run.
Everett knocked off Kamloops 4-3 in 10 innings in semifinal action.
KIBT community sponsorship co-ordinator Norm Daley said the tournament, presented by Sussex Insurance, is a Kamloops institution.
Tickets and tournament passes will be available at the stadium entrance. Single-game tickets are $5 and tournament passes are $40. Tournament passes are also available online at kibt.ca.
“I know our team of volunteers are excited as we’re back to the full eight teams in attendance,” Daley said. “Fans will be well entertained.”