Full ros­ter

Or­ga­niz­ers with the Marys­town Kins­men Mi­nor Soft­ball pro­gram are look­ing for­ward to an­other busy sea­son.

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY MARTINE BLUE MARYS­TOWN, N.L. mar­tineblue­news@gmail.com

Reg­is­tra­tion for the Marys­town Kins­men Mi­nor Soft­ball has started with an an­tic­i­pated ros­ter of 18 teams, fea­tur­ing kids of various age groups four18 years, ex­pected to sign up this sea­son.

In an e-mail to The South­ern Gazette, or­ga­niz­ers Mar­cia Mur­ray-Han­ra­han, Nadine Mur­ray-Paul, Adri­enne Clarke and Char­lene Fitz­patrick in­di­cated that the games will be­gin July 2, with a kick-off tour­na­ment sched­uled June 15-16.

Or­ga­niz­ers wrote that the ben­e­fits of of­fer­ing soft­ball in Marys­town are nu­mer­ous.

They wrote, “Soft­ball is im­por­tant to the com­mu­nity be­cause it brings play­ers and fam­i­lies to­gether for recre­ation. Soft­ball is a fun-lov­ing en­joy­able sport that has peo­ple get­ting phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity but (hav­ing) so much fun while do­ing so. The play­ers on the field learn the game but it also has such a great so­cial as­pect as well. Some­times, with­out even re­al­iz­ing it, the play­ers are learn­ing so much about ev­ery­thing be­yond sports. They learn sports­man­ship, team play, skill and be­ing in­volved in a group.”

Soft­ball is a pop­u­lar sport in Marys­town and the board con­firmed that games are well at­tended.

“On daily games, there are al­ways spec­ta­tors in the bleach­ers and along the fence. The younger groups al­ways draw a big­ger crowd, but each and ev­ery game al­ways has a nice few peo­ple in the stands. The games that are un­der the lights are big too. They are big ex­cite­ment for the kids and it brings a big­ger crowd in the stands to watch. There is al­ways some­thing more ex­cit­ing to ev­ery­one about games un­der the lights. The bleach­ers are filled with fans watch­ing un­der blan­kets, smoth­ered in fly re­pel­lant, some­times un­der um­brel­las and al­ways hav­ing a bite to eat from the Snack Shack.”

The league of­fers a tour­na­ment on the fi­nal week­end of the sea­son.

“Ev­ery­one plays each other once and on the last day we hold all of the cham­pi­onship games,” board mem­bers wrote. “This brings out a crowd all day long and we try to make a big deal for all the kids. We an­nounce their names, play mu­sic, can­teen is al­ways in full swing and the bleach­ers are al­ways full. Friends and fam­i­lies are usu­ally home then as well and peo­ple that haven’t been able to watch all sum­mer, get to come out and catch a game. The at­mos­phere is al­ways much more than a nor­mal day at the field and all the play­ers seem to love it.”

Or­ga­niz­ers wrote that although their games fea­ture young play­ers, all age groups are ea­gerly an­tic­i­pat­ing the up­com­ing games.

“Ev­ery­one gets hyped up over the soft­ball sea­son, chil­dren and adults alike,” they wrote. “As a vol­un­teer group, we are ex­cited to open the Snack Shack, some­thing that has be­come a sta­ple at the Marys­town Kins­men Field. This is the can­teen that a few of us par­ents run ev­ery sum­mer. The profits from the can­teen go back to both the Mi­nor Soft­ball and Mi­nor Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tions for the kids. We are ex­cited to get back on the field for an­other sea­son and get­ting back into the swing of things.”

Reg­is­tra­tion will con­tinue at various lo­ca­tions un­til the end of May and or­ga­niz­ers are also look­ing for vol­un­teers to fill various po­si­tions.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTOS

Lau­ren Pad­dle takes a swing.

Dy­lan Mur­ray tak­ing a turn at bat.

Coach Ju­nior Fancey with T-ball divi­sion player Pey­ton Han­ra­han.

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