Base­ball sea­son be­gins for Drumheller girls soft­ball teams

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Terri Hux­ley

Hey bat­ter bat­ter! The Drumheller girls soft­ball team’s sea­son be­gan last Mon­day with the sea­son opener on May 1, as the U14 Pure Venom team played Del­burne on home turf in New­cas­tle.

The league con­sists of girls ages six to 18 in teams clas­si­fied as U8, U10, U12, U14, & U16.

Pres­i­dent of the Drumheller Girls Soft­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (DGSA) Board, Kent Jensen spoke with The Mail about how the teams are shap­ing up this year.

“It’s fun – they’re all a bunch of great kids,” said Jensen.

This year, the league has two U8 teams, a U10 team, two U12 teams, two U14 teams, and a U16 team. A U18 team could not be made this year as there was not enough in­ter­est so with the U16 girls, they hope to come up and take on the new level of play in the fol­low­ing years to come.

“A lot of the girls from the U16 team next year will go up to that so then maybe we can get enough to set another team up, we can start all over again with that one,” said Jensen.

Jensen con­trib­utes the steady in­crease in in­ter­est over the past few years to the pop­u­lar­ity in the Toronto Blue Jays as well as play­ers re­cruit­ing friends at school or other gath­er­ings.

“It’s just start­ing to take off again and I think with every­body not trav­el­ling ev­ery­where, kind of stick­ing around home with the way that things have been – it’s not an ex­pen­sive sport,” said Jensen.

For the U8’s, regis­tra­tion with ev­ery­thing in­cluded is only $50.

As pres­i­dent, Jensen is in charge of team and um­pire sched­ules, times, location and regis­tra­tion.

“I need to make sure that every­body else that’s on that di­a­mond is prac­tic­ing some­where else that day so they can ac­tu­ally play their games with­out any in­ter­rup­tion,” said Jensen.

“It’s been an eye opener but it’s been good,” said Jensen.

Jensen looks for­ward to see­ing the older teams en­gage and set goals to reach provin­cials.

“The more teams we can get in there would be ideal,” said Jensen.

Drumheller it­self is in the cen­tral Al­berta league which in­cludes Hanna, Trochu, El­nora, Del­burne, Syl­van Lake, Lacombe, Red Deer.

“It’s fairly wide­spread,” said Jensen.

The Drumheller U16 girls may have com­pe­ti­tion this year but is de­bat­able de­pend­ing on which group they get put into.

“Last year it was El­nora and they took provin­cials so then they had to go up a level,” said Jensen.

Although the board has no plans for an at-home tour­na­ment this sea­son, they are gun­ning to host provin­cials next year. Each zone brings roughly two to three teams which could lead to more money com­ing into the town.

“We were maybe go­ing to start plan­ning and host provin­cials next year in­stead of a tour­na­ment – we thought we would do the big one and try to host provin­cials for next year,” said Jensen.

You can catch all the ac­tion at the New­cas­tle Di­a­monds or lit­tle league di­a­mond near the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity (BCF) on Mon­day’s and Wed­nes­day’s.

The up­dated sched­ule on the web­site can be found here. ( http:// dgsa. ca/ in­dex. php/ sched­ule/)

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