CARLYLE - Carlyle Minor Ball held its annual organizational meeting last month and will be starting their season April 26.
Presently minor ball has 79 boys registered for hardball and 92 girls for softball. There are 26 nine and under boys registered for rally cap baseball and for the first time ever, will be batting against a pitching machine. This should speed up play and greatly improve their swing plane.
There are also 37 six and unders signed up under their learn to play program. There are 27 enrolled in U11, and 13 each in both U13 and U15. There were not enough players to field a U18 team.
In girls fastball, there are 20 in U9, 14 in U11, 23 in U13, 15 in U15, and 20 in U17.
This is Nicholson’s third year as president and the vice-president is Evan Handley. Morgan Sutherland is the secretary and Brandy East the treasurer. Erica Nicholson and Danielle Steele are the boys’ reps, Jenna Brady and Erin Wilson the girls’ reps. All four are administrators and post regularly on the Carlyle Minor Ball Facebook Page. Equipment managers are Colin and Janessa Wilson, and Jennet Lachapelle oversees the distribution of jerseys. Luke Brady is the diamond scheduler.
Nicholson is really excited about the upcoming season.
“Right now, it looks like we have enough coaches lined up for 2022. An umpires’ clinic was held recently, and I want to thank all of the young umpires who attended. On May 7, the club is holding a Softball Fever Camp.
“Our annual minor ball tournament is scheduled for the first weekend in June. A coach from Sidearm Nation out of Calgary has been booked for a baseball clinic and Kody Rock will be also conducting at least one pitching clinic.”
Rock is the pitching ace of the Carlyle Cardinals in the Saskota Baseball League and will be rejoining the senior team this season.
Nicholson also wishes to thank the Town of Carlyle and the Carlyle & District Lions Club for maintaining one of the finest ballpark facilities in southeast Saskatchewan. “It’s really great that Carlyle has six fully fenced ball diamonds. They are well kept and in excellent condition. Lions Park is going to be very busy this year.