Colson Johnston swings and makes a solid hit for the first run of the game, as Tate Spence (background) moves across third base during a game in the Veteran’s Day Challenge tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada Nov. 10-12. Johnston and Spence joined fellow Salmon Arm players Riley Hay, Lucas Mahoney and Donnie Robichaud on Okanagan teams in the event. (Image contributed)

Salmon Arm baseball players compete in Las Vegas tournament

Veteran’s Day Challenge offers a taste of the Big Leagues

A group of Salmon Arm minor baseball players got some off-season excitement under the big lights in Las Vegas this month, competing in the Veteran’s Day Challenge as a member of Okanagan baseball teams.

Riley Hay, Colson Johnston, Tate Spence, Lucas Mahoney and Donnie Robichaud were split between five different Okanagan teams in the event, and each team finished with a 2-2 record after four games.

Related: Salmon Arm Minor BAseball short on local ball diamonds

All players were treated to a two-day skills camp prior to the tournament, which was held at the Big League Dreams Sports Park. These fields are fairly special in the baseball community, showcasing six fields built as scaled-down replicas of famous ballparks – Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field, Crosley Field, Angel Stadium and Dodger Stadium.

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(From left) Riley Hay, Colson Johnston, Tate Spence and Lucas Mahoney of Salmon Arm (not shown, Donnie Robichaud), travelled to Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2018 Veteran’s Day Challenge Nov. 10-12, joining various Okanagan teams and finishing with two wins and two losses apiece. (Image contributed)

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