CHARLOTTETOWN – The Three Oaks and Westisle boys and girls’ softball teams are the Prince County entries in the Frank Hughes Memorial softball tournament that is being held in conjunction with the Colonel Gray spring sport tip-off event this weekend.
The tournament, which is hosted by the softball umpires of P.E.I., will feature 14 P.E.I. School Athletic Association senior teams – eight boys and six girls. Play begins Friday afternoon, and continues all day Saturday, with both championship games scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
The Three Oaks and Westisle teams will meet in their respective opening games on Friday at 5 p.m. The girls will play on Ellis Field in O’Leary, and the boys will clash in Alberton.
Saturday, the Three Oaks boys will play their final round-robin game against Montague at City Diamond at10:30 a.m., while the Three Oaks girls will take on Charlottetown Rural on Kiwanis Field at the same time. The Three Oaks girls will also play Montague on the Kiwanis Field at 1:30 p.m.
The Westisle boys meet Montague on Saturday at noon on the City Diamond, and the Westisle girls also play twice – against Montague at noon and against Charlottetown Rural at 3 p.m. Both girls’ games will be played on Kiwanis Field.
Level 5 umpire
Hughes attained the highest level for umpiring – Level 5 – and contributed greatly to the sport of softball on Prince Edward Island as a member of the umpire ranks for 35 years.
When not on the field working games, Hughes could be found watching the sport he loved. He was always willing to share his knowledge and passion with other umpires.
Hughes especially loved to watch minor players, and offer assistance and advice on how they could improve their game. He was instrumental in beginning a novice umpires program for P.E.I.
Hughes was also active on the administrative side as well, holding several positions on the Softball P.E.I. board.