Williams Lake Minor Fastball pitcher Hayden Warttig

Williams Lake Minor Fastball pitcher Hayden Warttig

Minor fastball continues to rally participation

The Williams Lake Minor Fastball Association continues to see its registration numbers grow.

The Williams Lake Minor Fastball Association continues to see its registration numbers grow.

Michelle Tenning, president of the WLMFA, said she thinks the increase could be because of a generational cycle.

“Years ago there were more than 600 kids playing in this league and now these guys that used to play up here have young families,” Tenning said. “That’s my guess. T-ball registration is up 50 per cent this year.”

The WLMFA currently houses four divisions: T-ball (ages 4-6), mites (ages 8-10), squirts (11-12) and a mixed pee wee/bantam division (13 to 16).

Teams practice from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Esler Sports Complex fastball diamonds, where games are also played.

“We’re up to around 140 kids this year, up from 81 last year,” Tenning said. “It’s been a big difference this year. We’ve gone from two T-ball teams to five.”

Fresh off a tournament Saturday, some local pee wee players are now preparing for a competitive season of summer ball.

“We’re hosting Prince George’s BC Summer Games team and provincial team this weekend,” Tenning said, noting Williams Lake’s pee wee provincial team was selected last week.

Games go Saturday at 10 a.m. and will finish around 4:30 p.m.

The Williams Lake pee wee provincial team is preparing for the 2012 provincials, being held this year in Clearwater from July 13-15. Three local bantam players will also be travelling with Prince George’s provincial team to the tournament, Tenning said.

The association also hosts an annual Grade 7 tournament — scheduled this year for June 22 — where players in the district spend a fun day at the fields playing.

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