Youth baseball off to a good start

The Boundary Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball league is in full swing and games are taking place all over the region.

The Boundary Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball league is in full swing and games are taking place all over the region.

The league ranges from ages five to 16 years.

The older teams, the minors, majors and juniors will play against all the West Kootenay teams, including Nelson, Castlegar, Trail and Beaver Valley.

“Last year, we had a pretty successful year at the Minor level,” says Ron Vautour, who coaches the minor team. “We had two teams and we finished one and two in all the West Kootenay.”

This year, his team is doing well so far, winning the first two games to start the season.

They played games in Nelson and Trail last and the season runs until the end of June.

Vautour estimates there are about 90 kids who play in the area, with each team running between 12 to 14 players.

There are seven teams: Christina Lake and Grand Forks each have a team at the at the T-ball level, as well as one each at the next level up from T-ball

Then there’s one team at the minor level in Grand Forks, made up of nine and 10-year-olds, one major team in Grand Forks, made up of 11 and 12-year-olds and one Juniors team, which is over 12.

“It’s going to be a fun season, we had a good time last year and a good turnout and we’ll be competitive,”

The minor team played two games in Nelson  on the weekend of May 14 and played two games in Trail last weekend. They will not be back in Grand Forks to play until May 28.