TISDALE — The Tisdale Minor Ball Association is hitting the diamond for what it believes will be another successful season.
As of last week, 210 players are registered for baseball and softball. This is up eight from 202 players in 2017. Among the exciting aspects of this season are the new dugouts at Kinsmen Park. In addition, a female tournament will be held June 22-24 and TMBA Fun Day is set for June 9.
“Hopefully, the weather co-operates and everyone has a great time this season,” TMBA president Brad Hvidston said.
TMBA is putting 22 teams on the diamond this season. They range all the way from the learn to play category to the midget age group. At the youngest level, which is co-ed, there are four learn to play teams. In the male ranks, the association has two midget, one bantam, two peewee, three mosquito, and two rookie squads. On the female side, there are three mites teams, two peewee squads, and one entry each in the midget, bantam, and squirt age groups.
The TMBA’s annual Fun Day, which is for the association’s younger divisions, is slated for June 9. The learn to play teams, mite girls, and rookie boys play in a tournament style format. Organizer David Painchaud said this allows them to get some more game experience.
“It is a great day for the players to showcase the skills they have learned leading up to the event,” Painchaud said. “There are many volunteers involved to help set up diamonds and run a canteen to ensure that the players and spectators have the best experience possible.”
The inaugural Riverdogs Run female tournament will be held on June 22 to 24. As of last week, there was a bantam division with the possibility of a peewee group being added.
“I am most looking forward to the competition,” organizer Lori Kidney said. “The teams committed to coming in bantam are all strong teams that we will face in provincials in July so it is a great time to get a look at them and see where we fit.”