SWINGING TO THE MAX
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.
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.