2018-02-08 / Upcoming Events

Annual Wiffle ball game set for Saturday

Although snow still lingers on the Lawn Avenue diamonds, the Jamestown Baseball Association will host its annual Wiffle ball game Saturday, which also means it’s open season for players to register for Cal Ripken Baseball.

The exhibition game, which is open to boys and girls of all ages and abilities, is from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the recreation center, 41 Conanicus Ave. The afternoon also will be an opportunity for parents to discuss the upcoming season with league officials. That includes the launch of a Babe Ruth team for teenage players, which will allow them to continue representing their hometown after they’ve graduated from majors.

Along with the Babe Ruth team, which is for players ages 13-16, the association will offer T-ball (ages 4-6), rookie ball (ages 6-8), minors (ages 8-10) and majors (ages 10-12). Levels are decided by a player’s age on May 1.

The association also is offering a clinic for players ages 9-12 at the Boys & Girls Club, North End Clubhouse, One York St., Newport. There will be pitching and hitting lessons. The six-week clinic begins Feb. 28. The $30 cost includes a yearlong membership to the club. There also is a skills assessment scheduled for April 7. Only players ages 7-12 who did play on a major league team in 2017 are required to try out. More information is available online at the association’s Google site.

The Cal Ripken board of directors meets monthly at the library, 26 North Road. Times and dates are available at the Jamestown Baseball Association’s Facebook page. Coaches and volunteers are needed. E-mail jamestownbaseball@gmail.com to learn more.

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