All-star fastball players gave Yellowknife’s kids a big-league experience as the second annual Family Day at the Ballpark took place on Thursday.

Around 200 spectators watched Team Waugh and Team Case in action, featuring players from the city’s five adult fastball teams.

Younger players had the chance to run the bases, get their face painted, parade ahead of the game, and get a free ballpark hot dog.

Meanwhile, the pressure was on for all-stars nominated as “candy players” in each inning. If the designated candy player reached first base, all kids at the event received free candy. No base hit? No candy.

“The evening was a huge success,” organizer Jennifer Lukas told Moose FM. “We were really fortunate that the weather held out.

“The whole point of the kids’ league is to help to instil a love for the game in our young players. I think watching a group of local guys, who all really love to play, helps to foster that in these kids.”

All photos on this page courtesy of Jennifer Lukas.


Family day at the ballpark

Team Case, captained by Devin Case, lines up for the national anthem as Family Day at the Ballpark begins.

Family day at the ballpark

Yellowknife Minor Fastball Association players take the field in a players’ parade.

Family day at the ballpark

Kali Skauge throws the ceremonial first pitch to her dad, Greg – who also participated in the game.

Family day at the ballpark

Fans get ready for the action.

Family day at the ballpark

Drew Williams and Ollie Williams in the announcers’ booth.

Family day at the ballpark

Whenever a nominated ‘candy player’ got a hit, all kids at the ballpark received candy.

Family day at the ballpark

Inside the Team Waugh dugout with batboy James Tait, eight.

Family day at the ballpark

Facepainting at family day, courtesy of Denise Araya and Heather Emeneau.

Family day at the ballpark

Team Waugh won the game.

Family day at the ballpark

Municipal enforcement officer Sean Couvrette, a player in the league, stops by the ballpark.

Family day at the ballpark

Running the bases at the top of the third inning.

Family day at the ballpark

Young players high-five all-star participants as they run the bases.

Family day at the ballpark

Brody Humbke, five, won a bat and glove courtesy of Overlander Sports.