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St. John’s hosting national senior men’s fastpitch championship in 2020

Members of the Galway Hitmen celebrate after winning the Canadian senior men's fastpitch championship in Grande Prarie, Alta., on Sunday. The defending champion Hitmen defeated the Sooke, B.C., Loggers 10-7 in the final, giving Newfoundland its seventh national crown in eight years. — Facebook/Galway Hitmen
Members of the Galway Hitmen celebrate after winning the Canadian senior men's fastpitch championship in Grande Prairie, Alta., on Sunday. The Hitmen will get to defend their title on home soil in 2020, with St. John’s named to host the next men’s and masters men’s nationals in early September. — Twitter/Galway Hitmen

In addition, the 2020 Canadian under-19 men’s event will be held in Carbonear

St. John’s-based teams have pretty much owned the Canadian senior men’s softball championship over the last eight years, so maybe it makes sense, at some level, to have it played here.

On Monday, Softball Newfoundland and Labrador sent out a brief release announcing the next Canadian senior men’s championship will be held in St. John’s Sept. 2-6, 2020.

That tournament will be held in conjunction with the national masters men’s championship.

Newfoundland teams have won seven of the last eight Canadian senior men’s crowns. It was 3Cheers Pub Bud Light that took the first three and the Galway Hitmen claiming the last four.

However, the core roster for all seven teams was basically the same.

The one gap in the national championship streak came in 2017, when the Hitmen lost the title to Nova Scotia’s East Hants Mastodons.

This will be the third time in the last 14 years that St. John’s has been named to host the national men’s, the others coming in 2007 and 2016.

A third Canadian championship will be held in Newfoundland in 2020. That’s the men’s under-19 event, Aug. 11-16 in Carbonear.

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