Lesley Algrove (left) and Derek Godin work on painting the dugouts at the Esler Sports Complex in preparation for the upcoming Williams Lake Slo-Pitch League season.

Lesley Algrove (left) and Derek Godin work on painting the dugouts at the Esler Sports Complex in preparation for the upcoming Williams Lake Slo-Pitch League season.

Important meeting March 22 for slo-pitch league

The Williams Lake Slo-Pitch League is making the final preparations for its regular season.

Just as Major League Baseball teams ramp up their spring training, the Williams Lake Slo-Pitch League is making the final preparations for its regular season.

Linda Barbondy, president of the WLSPL, said the league will be hosting an important meeting at the Overlander Convention Centre on March 22 at 7 p.m. where all team captains must be present.

“We’re taking 30 teams this year,” Barbondy said, noting all teams must bring their minimum deposit of $300 to the meeting to qualify for the season.

Of importance at the meeting will be the future of the Red Dog Slo Pitch League, which shut down at the end of last season.

“We’re still trying to figure out what to do,” Barbondy said. “Nothing’s set in stone right now. We’re trying to incorporate the Red Dog League up at the Esler fields but it depends on how much interest and how many teams we have. We won’t know anything until the March 22 meeting.”

She added lots of work has been done at the Esler Sports Complex to get ready for the season such as the painting of dugouts and preparations for the installation of new bleachers for two of the fields.

The league, which houses roughly 700 players, starts up April 18 and runs until Aug. 22 with several tournaments in between.

The league’s icebreaker tournament is scheduled for April 23-24.

If anyone is interested in putting a team in the league, or playing on a team, they can contact Barbondy on Facebook, or at 250-305-7747.