New sea­son for But­lerville youth soft­ball

The Compass - - SPORTS - BAS­KET­BALL

The But­lerville Youth Recre­ational Soft­ball group is gear­ing up for its sixth sea­son of com­pet­i­tive ac­tion.

In­ter­est in the pro­gram has in­creased con­sid­er­ably over the years. A mere 24 youth were in­volved in its in­au­gu­ral sea­son in 2010. Last year, more than 70 young play­ers were swing­ing bats and throw­ing balls on the lo­cal field in But­lerville.

“We’re very com­pet­i­tive,” Par­sons told The Compass, not­ing teams rep­re­sent­ing the But­lerville group have won pro­vin­cial tour­na­ments, in­clud­ing the 2012 Constable Wil­liam Moss Me­mo­rial Fast­pitch Tour­na­ment. But­lerville won in di­vi­sion II of ban­tam boys ac­tion that year. Par­sons ex­pects the group will con­tinue to grow with the new sea­son, which starts af­ter the Vic­to­ria Day week­end in May and ends the week be­fore school be­gins in the fall. There will be a fam­ily fun day and an end-ofyear ban­quet this sea­son.

“We have a pretty good thing go­ing there, and of course, the big­ger the num­bers the bet­ter it’s go­ing to be,” said Par­sons.

But­lerville Youth Recre­ational Soft­ball is for youth ages five to 16 years. For more in­for­ma­tion on reg­is­tra­tion, in­ter­ested par­ties can con­tact Par­sons at 6835793 or Dar­rell Mercer at 683-5441.

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