Lopez Baseball and Softball returns

It's baseball and softball time
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Players, parents and coaches are getting ready for those famous words: “Let’s play ball.”

As little as six years ago the opportunity for children on Lopez to play organized baseball was all but gone. Through strong support of community volunteers, parents, coaches and sponsors they enthusiastically look forward to another great season.

“Five years ago we struggled to form just one team, participating in league play with Orcas Island,” says parent and assistant coach Mike Reinmuth. “Now we find ourselves overwhelmed with interest, enough to field three teams, including a girls’ softball team.”

Children ages 5-13 (with some restrictions on their birthday) are encouraged to register for this year’s teams that will start practicing in March. Games begin in April, after the scheduled spring break from school, and continue weekly through early June, culminating in what has become a traditional season-ending tournament and barbeque.

As with any organization, Lopez Youth Baseball and Softball is seeking interested parents, team sponsors and volunteers to participate at all levels. Enthusiastic coaches, supportive team parents or help with carpooling after practice are all needed and welcomed. Registration fees will cover the cost of the uniform (shirt, pants and ball cap) some new equipment (bats and balls) and affordable medical insurance coverage during practice and games.  Registration fees and much of the equipment costs are supplemented through team sponsorships from local businesses or individual sponsors.

“The players and parents are overwhelmed by the support from the local community, specifically the generous team sponsors for the past few years,” says Ellyn Goodrich, parent and supporter. “We are looking forward to another terrific year for Lopez Youth Baseball and Softball.”

“It is very encouraging and rewarding to see the growth and self confidence among the players,” says coach and parent volunteer Jeremiah Johnson. “The kids are all very excited to play and their enthusiasm is contagious!”

The second Pancake Breakfast fundraiser and registrations gathering at the Lopez Community Center for the Arts is Jan. 26, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Suggested donations are $5 for kids and $8 for adults.There you will have a chance to see and meet some of the players, get their autographs, and pictures.

On top of that, you’ll be able to fill your bellies with a great community breakfast.

For more information call Jeremiah Johnson 468-2825; Ellyn Goodrich, 468-4160; or Mike Reinmuth, 468-2280.

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