Growing softball in Winterton
Trinity South Softball League looking for strong second season
Softball is on the rise again in the Town of Winterton, and organizers are looking to build on an exciting 2012 season that appears to have inspired a revival of the game.
It was the first summer that prominently featured the popular pastime in the town for some time as the Trinity South Softball League kicked off its first action in years.
And it was not just minor softball that was played on the field. There was also a vibrant women’s and men’s league going at the same time.
All in all, over 100 athletes, both young and old, swept the dust off their gloves and headed down to the field.
Starting as young as four, the Trinity South Softball League takes in anyone who wants to play along the shore, with some coming from Hant’s Harbour, as well as other communities.
Stephanie Power Green is a member of the town’s softball committee. She called the first year of the league “fabulous.”
Many of the children who took part in the league had never hit a ball before in their lives, while some of the adults had not played much softball prior to the start.
That meant children had to start from scratch and learn the game starting with the rules, and the nuances such as running to first after a hit, and throwing to first when a ball is fielded, to name a few.
However, as the season progressed, Power Green could see the skill level of the athletes progressing.
With each throw and swing, their technique became more defined and polished. With each game, their understanding of the rules became clearer, and they started to look like ball players.
“To see their progress throughout the summer was very rewarding,” she said.
The teams also competed in a tournament in nearby Western Bay, as well as hosted their own tournament.
“They didn’t care if the won or not, they were just so proud that they knew their positions,” said Power Green.
Reigniting the passion
Winterton was once known as a hotbed of softball activity in the Trinity South region.
In the 70s and 80s, fast pitch put the small town on the sporting map.
Now, the Kevin Powers Memorial Ball Park is alive again with the sound of balls hitting bats and the solid whack of a softball hitting a glove right in the palm.
The league’s Facebook page has been alive with activity, and Power Green said the middle group of players, which is comprised of 14and 15-year-olds, has been waiting patiently for softball
“Every night, there is someone on the field,” she said. “That age group is very anxious to start.”
The softball committee has some plans for the upcoming season. First, there are plans to have shirts for each team this year. This would give the organization an identity when going to tournaments.
Also, the men’s and women’s league will become a mixed league. Power Green said this move was done because of time constraints.
“We found that as the summer moved on and it became fall, we didn’t have enough time to do both games in the night before it would get dark,” she said.
The ball field does not have lights and a mixed league was a way of freeing up more time for games.
Power Green also said it will be a good way to make sure each team can field enough to play each night.
There are also hopes that there will be another tournament hosted in Winterton, with several teams and more organization.
“Everyone who participated on our committee, it was new for them as well,” said Power Green.
She noted the addition of Paul George to the committee as a coup for the organization.
George has experience with softball his entire life and is “very good” for the committee, said Power Green.
She noted that all members of the community are supporting the group.
“We’re hoping to get upgrades to the ball field to show pride of ownership,” said Power Green.