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Car­bon­ear soft­ball as­so­ci­a­tion un­der-seven player Max Piercey (left) swings for the hills on this pitch from coach Adam Janes (not shown). Gavin Snow stands be­hind, hop­ing to make the catch. Some 90 young ball play­ers are reg­is­tered with the as­so­ci­a­tion, which kicked off a new sea­son June 25. For story and more pho­tos,

Soft­ball sea­son is here and the Car­bon­ear Soft­ball League is well on its way.

Dozens of young boys and girls from Car­bon­ear, Vic­to­ria and Har­bour Grace gath­ered anx­iously at the Car­bon­ear Recre­ation Com­plex June 25 for their first soft­ball prac­tice of the sum­mer sea­son — some for the very first time.

With brand new gloves on their hands, the un­der-five di­vi­sion play­ers tried their hard­est for a chance to catch an in­com­ing toss of the bright or­ange ball and to take a swing at a pitch with their foam bats.

Some more ex­pe­ri­enced un­der-seven divi- sion play­ers did drills, played games with their coaches and took turns hit­ting a few balls.

Af­ter the younger play­ers were done for the evening, the un­der-10 di­vi­sion play­ers took to the field with a game of catch fol­lowed by a run­ning of the bases.

The Car­bon­ear mi­nor soft­ball as­so­ci­a­tion, which is in it’s fourth year, has seen in­ter­est in the sport grow in the past cou­ple of years, and con­tin­ues to do so this year.

There are some 90 chil­dren reg­is­tered for the pro­gram this year, said coach David Kennedy.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion will be host­ing the provin­cial mite (un­der-10) bal­lis­tic tour­na­ment this com­ing week­end ( July 5-7) at the Car­bon­ear Recre­ation Com­plex.

Photo by Melissa Jenk­ins/Spe­cial toThe Com­pass

Pho­tos by Melissa Jenk­ins/spe­cial to The Com­pass

Segar Clarke keeps his eye on the ball while po­si­tion­ing his glove un­der the ball dur­ing a warm-up game of catch with a fel­low player.

Noah Hur­ley dives af­ter a ground ball in the out­field dur­ing the un­der-5 and un­der-7 team prac­tice.

Matthew Butt (right) throws the ball with a bit of heat dur­ing prac­tice June 25. Also shown are Reid Deer­ing (left) and coach David Kennedy.

Coach Bran­don Clarke talks to his group about their favourite base­ball team. It was unan­i­mous — they all liked the Blue Jays. Pic­tured, from left, are Mark Ash, Colin O’Keefe, Nolan Butt, Drew Deer­ing, Ri­ley Baker, Kaden Slade and Joshua Reynolds.

Ken­dra Slade (right) takes a few prac­tice hits while Ja­cob Kennedy acts as catcher. Ken­dra is one of only a hand­ful of fe­male par­tic­i­pants in the two di­vi­sions un­der seven years-of-age.

Ciara O’Keefe gets ready to catch a toss from one of the coaches.

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