Lizzi MacEachern’s mom, Nikki (centre, back row), joins the Cape Breton West U13 Female fastball team for a photo prior to the ball tournament held in her daughter’s memory. The team includes, from left: (front) Ally Beaton, Lucy Gillis, Maddi MacEachern, Olivia Morell, Katie Campbell; (back) Isla Gillies, Danni MacInnis, Kymber Spears, Nikki, Violet MacDonald, Summer MacLean, Isabel Calder.
July 13, 2022
-by Bill Dunphy
Like the beautiful day it was, the first Lizzi MacEachern Memorial fastball tournament was a perfect day to remember a daughter, friend, and teammate.
Lizzi was 11, soon to be 12, when she was killed in a car accident in Port Hood a year ago this June. Involved in everything, she was a natural athlete who played hockey, softball, volleyball, and rode horses.
Since then, a number of events have been held in her memory, raising money for the Lizzi MacEachern bursary at Bayview Education Centre.
On Sunday, at the Dave Muise ball field in Port Hood, a four-team U13 girls fastball tournament was held, hosted by a Cape Breton West team consisting of her former friends and teammates.
The visiting teams included Sydney, Guysborough, and Stellarton. All the money raised through registration, a 50-50 draw, and the selling of t-shirts went towards the bursary.
The Cape Breton West girls won their opening game 10-9 against Guysborough. Danni MacInnis was the game’s all-star.
In their second match, the girls were edged 10-9 by Stellarton, with Olivia Morell named all-star of the game.
“The girls exhibited character of the kind of player Lizzi was on and off the field: kind, team player, well-rounded and dedicated.” said Cape Breton West co-coach Melanie MacDonald.
Sydney won both of its games to win the tournament. Vada Kennedy, the daughter of two well-known Inverness athletes, Donald Kennedy and Nya Yipp, was named the tournament MVP.
“Stellerton also presented the team with a plaque to commemorate the tournament,” said MacDonald. “It was an incredible act of sportsmanship.”
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