Baseball’s slow and steady climb
BY TAYLOR YOUNG
Staff The Glengarry Minor Baseball League ended its season July 28, as officials looked forward to next year and the improvements they will be making to the facilities.
As part of the end of the season celebration, the league holds a barbecue for all the players, parents and volunteers who help make the league possible.
“We’ve had beautiful days and some incredible weather this year,” said Don McDougald, organizer of the league. “We haven’t had rain once this year. We have had rain the night before, the morning of, but never even rain where the field is still wet. It’s been incredible weather this year, so we really lucked out.”
The Glengarry Minor Baseball League runs a 12-week program beginning in May, with a four week pre-season warm-up game held in the Tim Hortons Dome.
“I wanted to have a league for my kids to play in so we started to league back up and in the first year we probably had about 35 kids,” explained Mr. McDougald. “Since then it’s been a slow climb but this year we had 113.”
Mr. McDougald says that registrations have been fairly consistent over the past couple of years, with this year seeing a seven per cent increase compared to last year’s number.
“When you compare it to Cornwall Baseball League, this year they had a 40 per cent decrease in registration,” said Mr. McDougald. “If you look at it that way we’re doing quite well.”
Despite the steady increase, Mr. McDougald says that getting the kids to stay in the league is the biggest challenge.
“It’s easier to get kids hooked on hockey and soccer, where you’re moving all the time,” he said. “Baseball is lots and lots of standing and waiting and being ready and that’s not what kids are good at when they’re young. Unless they love it, a lot of the kids come for one year and then they’re gone.”
Having made contributions to the baseball facilities, located behind the Glengarry Sports Palace, through a contribution to the fences and new roofs over the dugouts, and purchasing one of the bleachers, the league is also working towards constructing a scoreboard on one of the fields. The league hopes it will be ready for the next season.
“It’s an awesome project because the kids from Glengarry District High School are going to build it for us,” said Mr. McDougald. “It’ll be community involvement for them. I’m hoping that they start it in the fall.”
Mr. McDougald says that once the scoreboard is completed he hopes to have trees planted around the diamonds to liven up the area, “with a little bit of shade and a little bit of green.” Sunday, July 28 Results: Major: Flying Squirrels 7 Blue Birds 3 Minor: Aces 3 Fireballs 2 Coach Pitch A: Blue Wave 19 Grey Wolves 15 Coach Pitch B: Blue Jays 14 Navy Seals 10 Season Champions: Major: Blue Birds Minor: Aces Coach Pitch A: Grey Wolves Coach Pitch B: Navy Seals
IT’S A WRAP: Don McDougald (far left), organizer of the Glengarry Minor Baseball League, notes that the season which wrapped up Sunday was blessed with great weather.