The winter games continued in Des Moines with the annual slow pitch “Sno-Ball” tournament.
“It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s fun,” says Ump Scott Shamblen.
The tournament has been part of the winter games for nearly 20 years, bringing out dozens of teams willing to brave the elements to get back on the ball field.
“It gets them out of the house, they get the fever for it, and they want to get their bats out and play some,” says Shamblen.
This year the sport saw the highest number of entries, with almost 50 teams signed up to play.
And although most of the teams expect to play in winter conditions, some hoped this winter storm would miss us altogether.
“We were really hoping for good weather, but the weather come out and pretty much hammered us today,” says player Richard Swizdor.
A few dedicated fans also decided to brave the weather to come support their favorite team.
“Earlier was not very fun, when it started coming down so hard, and it was blowing, and cold but went home put the clothes in the dryer and came back out,” says Donna Miller of Des Moines.
The Sno-Ball tournament picks back up on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at the Carney and Savage Softball Parks.
For more information on this year’s events visit, http://www.dmgov.org/Departments/Parks/pages/wintergames.aspx