Minor fastball in danger of shutting down

Unless volunteers step forward to take over the minor fastball league the association will be forced to shut down this season.

The Williams Lake Minor Fastball Association is sitting on a full count.

Michele Tenning, president of the WLMFA, said unless volunteers step forward to take over the league the association will be forced to shut down this season.

“It’s sad,” Tenning said. “But we have such strong support in the younger age groups, but all the people volunteering right now their kids are finishing this year with ball and they’re leaving.”

The WLMFA, which housed 170 players from T-ball to bantam last season at the Esler Sports Complex, receives a $15,000 grant from the Cariboo Regional District each year for field improvements, upkeep and upgrades.

“It would be such a shame,” Tenning said. “It’s a beautiful park and because we’ve been keeping things up it’s looking really good up there.”

Tenning, along with other volunteers Trish Morey and Lynn Samson, helped revive the WLMFA after its playerbase had dwindled to under 75 players four years ago.

“If someone could even step up for each division and organize it, or if someone wanted to step up and be president I would help them for a year,” she said.

“But unless we have people step up I can’t do it alone.”

Tenning added one division will run this season, as under-16 tryouts for the BC Summer Games will take place this spring.

Additionally, the WLMFA is hosting its annual general meeting next Tuesday, Jan. 21, in room No. 1305 at Thompson Rivers University and is inviting anyone interested in volunteering this spring to attend.

Tenning said anyone who isn’t able to attend the meeting but is interested in volunteering can call her at 250-392-6534.