Polar Kings win tourney
The Portage Polar Kings pose after winning a recent tournament in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Back row: Norbert Mercredi, Larry Lilley, Gord Zahara, Gary Single, Ed Gray. Don Giercke, Larry Blaylock, Brian Telford. Middle row: Keith Hodgins, Keith Birch, Laurie Stewart, Dave Kushner, Steve Bergson, Ross Tufford, Wilbert Lilley. Front row: Donna Gobeil, Adeline Mercredi. (Submitted photo)
The Portage Polar Kings were living up to the implications of their nickname.
It didn't take long to turn things around, though.
Portage's senior slopitch team dropped its first two games at a tournament in Detroit Lakes, Minn. over the weekend, but quickly rallied to capture the tournament title for the second time in three years.
The team won $300 in American currency for its victory.
Coach Dave Kushner said the team struggled at the plate on the opening day of the tournament, but came to life quickly afterward.
"Our bats came to life on the second day," said Kushner. "We really hammered a lot of teams on that second day.
"They couldn't believe it. They were asking where this Portage team came from."
Kushner said the Polar Kings lost their first game against their championship match opponent, but were more than ready when given a shot at redemption.
"We lost the first game to them, but the second game was 16-2," said Kushner. "Our defence was sharp. Just everything. The bats came alive. It was just a combination of a lot of different things that gelled together.
"That was the nice part."
For more, please see Tuesday's edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.