Baseball’s slow and steady climb

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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.

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