Henderson plaque part of memorial ball tourney

Fall ball baseball tourney honours former Mariner

Victoria Mariners Baseball, based at Henderson Park in Oak Bay, make the trek to Saanich for the second annual Zack Downey Memorial Tournament this weekend.

The Mariners remember the young player with Premier and Bantam action at Layritz Park from Sept. 17 to 20. Downey, a Victoria Mariner and Lambrick Park Baseball Academy student, died from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in May 2014.

Five Bantam teams from the Island and Lower Mainland will compete on the Bantam Field at Layritz Park.

The Mariner Bantams face the Cowichan Valley Mustangs Thursday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m., Coquitlam Bantam Reds on Sept. 18 at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 19 face Nanaimo at 8 a.m. and Parksville Royals at 5 p.m. The championship game is at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Six teams, including the Victoria Eagles, will vie for the cup on the Midget Field.

In round robin play, the Mariner Midgets face the Parksville Royals at 3 p.m. on Thursday, White Rock at 10:15 a.m. Friday and the Eagles at 5 p.m.

The Mariners take on Coquitlam at 5 p.m. Saturday. Sunday’s championship game is at 3 p.m.

Downey was known as a young man who exemplified what a true friend and teammate should be: dedicated, loyal, enthusiastic, and a friend to all.

This year, the Mariners club presents the Downey Family with a memorial plaque that will have a permanent home at the Mariners’ home field at Henderson.

The dedication ceremony will take place on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. just before the championship game at the Layritz Midget diamond.

For more information visit victoriamariners.pointstreaksites.com.