Big weekend of softball in West Prince

O’Leary, Tignish co-hosting Eastern Canadian ch’ships

Published on September 3, 2014

O’LEARY – The Tignish and O’Leary recreation departments are joining forces this weekend to host the Eastern Canadian men’s and women’s orthodox softball championships.

The six men’s teams will play their round-robin games in Tignish on Friday and Saturday. The six women’s teams will see all their action in O’Leary. All men’s and women’s playoff games are scheduled for O’Leary on Sunday.

“It's great to be able to partner with the Community of Tignish,” said O’Leary recreation director Jeff Ellsworth. “We need to start doing more bigger events together in western P.E.I.”

Tignish recreation director Karen Doyle is excited about hosting the tournament.

“This event will provide a great economic spinoff for our area,” she said. “Teams will be coming into our community playing ball, but also spending money, which is great for local businesses. It's a win-win.”

Games in both communities start Friday at 1 p.m., and the playoffs are scheduled to wrap up in O’Leary late Sunday evening.


The host O’Leary men’s team will be wearing world-champion uniforms for their games.

Ellsworth, who played for the Hill United Chiefs when they won American Softball Association (ASA) and International Softball Congress (ISC) world championships in 20013 and 2014, was recently donated the Chiefs’ home and away uniforms, which he plans to put to use this weekend.

Softball is on the rise in West Prince, Ellsworth acknowledged. He said the Eastern Canadian orthodox championships will help keep the ball rolling following the buzz that was created recently when members of the Team Canada senior men’s team played an exhibition game in O’Leary.

“You can never have too many events in your community for the youth to see,” Ellsworth suggested.

In orthodox ball, pitchers cannot use a full wind-up, and they must be square on to the batter on their release.



Teams for E. Canadian

orthodox softball ch’ships:


O’Leary Chiefs


Nova Scotia One

Nova Scotia Two

New Brunswick One

New Brunswick Two



Summerside (P.E.I. One)

Tyne Valley (P.E.I. Two)

Nova Scotia

New Brunswick One

New Brunswick Two