Ball leagues need more di­a­mond space

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Kyle Smylie

Base­ball’s in­creas­ing pop­u­lar­ity in this coun­try is see­ing a rise in soft­ball and lit­tle league play­ers and league or­ga­niz­ers in Drumheller feel more playable di­a­monds are needed.

The town says its seen an in­crease of in­ter­est in the sports and rec­og­nizes the need for

We haven’t con­sid­ered ad­di­tional soft­ball di­a­monds in the last ten years be­cause we felt we haven’t needed it, but re­cently we’ve seen an in­crease in de­mand.” Paul Sal­va­tore Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices

ad­di­tional di­a­monds.

“We haven’t con­sid­ered ad­di­tional soft­ball di­a­monds in the last ten years be­cause we felt we haven’t needed it, but re­cently we’ve seen an in­crease in de­mand,” said Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Paul Sal­va­tore, adding that the town did how­ever ex­pand New­cas­tle to ac­com­mo­date hard­ball in 2013.

With 23 teams in the league, rec slow-pitch or­ga­nizer Amy Demille said ad­di­tional di­a­monds could cer­tainly be uti­lized.

“We’re strug­gling to find enough time,” said Demille, who said games are of­ten called be­fore the last in­ning be­cause it gets too dark to play.

Drumheller Mi­nor Base­ball is feel­ing it, too.

“It would be good to look at the pos­si­bil­ity of where a cou­ple more di­a­monds could go,” said league pres­i­dent Lyle Caw­iezel.

“There are some that are not main­tained. They wouldn’t have to be full sized and could be smaller di­a­monds used by the younger play­ers.”

Sal­va­tore said there are a num­ber of un­used and un­main­tained di­a­monds in the val­ley and in sur­round­ing set­tle­ments which could be used in lieu of cre­at­ing new di­a­monds. These in­clude di­a­monds in Nacmine, at DVSS, and Lion’s Park on High­way 837.

“A po­ten­tial part­ner­ship with schools or these parks is a win-win,” said Sal­va­tore.

New di­a­monds could be de­vel­oped in con­junc­tion with the base­ball and soft­ball leagues, sim­i­lar to the town’s part­ner­ship with the Drumheller Soccer As­so­ci­a­tion, he said.

Sal­va­tore said if area leagues are feel­ing in need for ex­panded di­a­monds to con­tact the town of­fices for con­sul­ta­tion.

mailphoto by Kyle Smylie

Area base­ball and soft­ball league or­ga­niz­ers are strug­gling to sched­ule di­a­mond times as they are see­ing a rise in the sports’ pop­u­lar­ity.

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