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Softball players round the bases in support of PTSD services


Published on July 10, 2017

Average Joe and Jills players, left, shake hands with the Kings County Mounties squad after a Fallen Heroes Softball Tournament game played at Kentville’s Memorial Park July 8.

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Fallen Heroes Softball Tournament organizer Nick MacLean zeroes in on a runner attempting to reach first.

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An Average Joe and Jills player attempts to tag first before his opponent from the Kings County Mounties catches the incoming ball.

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The catcher for the Kings County Mounties makes it three outs for the opposing team with a crucial catch at home plate.

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A Kings County Mounties outfielder steps in front of a ball sent sailing toward the fence.

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A Kings County Mounties batter lines up with an incoming pitch.

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A Kings County Mounties batter lines up with an incoming pitch.

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An Average Joe and Jills player lines up to catch a ball sailing through the infield.

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The pitcher for the Kings County Mounties tests a batter from the Average Joe and Jills team.

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A Kings County Mountie player snags the ball with seconds to spare to catch a ball sent deep into the outfield and render the batter out.

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A Kings County Mounties batter connects with the ball during a July 8 match against a team from the Halifax area.

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An Average Joe and Jills player attempts to tag first before his opponent from the Kings County Mounties catches the incoming ball.

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Fallen Heroes Softball Tournament organizer Nick MacLean endures some friendly taunting after the opposing team’s infielders sent him back to the dugout.

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KENTVILLE - If you’re looking for a softball tournament with heart, look no further.

The fourth annual Fallen Heroes Softball Tournament was hosted throughout Kings County the weekend of July 8.

The tournament was first held in 2014 as a way to honour the three police officers fatally wounded during a shooting rampage in Moncton – Const. Dave Ross, Const. Fabrice Gevaudan and Const. Douglas Larche.   

Founder Nick MacLean, a Halifax-based officer who previously served in Kings County, said he felt the tournament would be a great way to rally people together to raise money for important causes year after year.

For 2017, 32 teams and more than 450 players signed on to play ball in support of Paws Fur Thought and Rally Point Retreat – two non-profit organizations that offer support services for individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“The first year we had 19 teams and just over 200 players. It’s grown every year. This is the most we’ve had,” said MacLean.

“It’s great to see the support.”

Paws Fur Thought pairs military and emergency services personnel suffering from PTSD with service dogs, while Rally Point Retreat acts as a respite facility for various groups of individuals receiving treatment for PTSD and operational or combat stress-related injuries.

“With first responders PTSD is really quite common, but it’s also in the general public as well… mental health is important,” said MacLean.

“We just want people to be aware that it’s common and it’s good to come forward and talk about it.”