Five clubs from the B.C. Premier Baseball League (including the Victoria Eagles) are visiting this weekend for the second annual Victoria Mariners’ Zack Downey Memorial Tournament.
The six-team premier and five-team bantam league tournament begins Thursday and takes place at Layritz Park through to Sunday.
It’s a debut for the Mariners bantam program which joins the high performance bantam league for the first time in 2016.
Zack Downey was a Victoria Mariner and Lambrick Park baseball academy student when he passed away from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in May 2014.
“Those who knew Zack, knew him to be a young man who exemplified what a true friend and teammate should be: dedicated, loyal, enthusiastic, and a friend to all,” said the team in a statement. “Although he is dearly missed, he remains a part of the Victoria Mariners Baseball family not only through our fond memories, but also through the Zack Downey Scholarship and this annual Fall Ball event.”
On Sunday the Mariners are presenting the Downey family with a bronze memorial plaque which will be permanently installed at the Mariners’ home field of Henderson Park.