Vermilion Minor Ball has experienced a significant surge in player registrations for the 2023 season, marking the highest number of participants the organization has seen in quite some time. A total of 151 players, ranging from 4 to 18 years old, eagerly signed up to showcase their skills on the diamond.
The league comprised 13 teams in total, including 5 baseball teams and 7 softball teams. Among these teams, the youngest group, known as “Learn to Play,” catered to budding talents just starting their baseball or softball journeys. Additionally, due to the remarkable number of registered players, two U9 baseball teams and two U15 girls’ teams were formed to accommodate the enthusiastic participants.
Players from Vermilion, Mannville, Kitscoty, and Dewberry joined forces in this thrilling season of baseball and softball. The diverse range of players from different towns showcased the wide reach and appeal of Vermilion Minor Ball.
One of the highlights of the season was the annual Brian Poon tournament held on June 3 and 4. This year’s edition drew a total of 35 teams from various surrounding areas, including Lloydminster, Irma, Marwayne, Wainwright, Viking, and Mannville. Alongside the thrilling matches, the tournament featured a range of engaging activities such as a raffle, dunk tank, and ball toss, providing entertainment for both players and spectators. Looking ahead, the tournament is already scheduled for June 1 and 2, 2024, promising another exhilarating event for next year.
The U9 to U11 teams proudly represented Vermilion in the Lloydminster League, showcasing their skills and dedication in challenging matchups. On the other hand, the U15 to U18 teams competed in the Lakeland Minor Ball league. Notably, the U9 boys team 1 emerged triumphant, securing the gold medal in their league’s year-end tournament. Similarly, the U13 girls team clinched the top spot in their respective tournament, demonstrating their exceptional abilities on the field. Standing out from the pack, the U15 Reds proved their dominance by securing gold in their league play throughout the season, remaining undefeated. As a testament to their outstanding performance, the U15 Reds have made the decision to participate in the U15C provincials, set to take place in St. Paul from July 28 to 30.
Looking forward to the future, Vermilion Minor Ball has exciting plans in store for next year’s season. Registration for the upcoming season is expected to commence in late March or early April, ensuring ample time for aspiring players to secure their spots on the rosters.
Vermilion Minor Ball continues to foster a love for baseball and softball in the hearts of young athletes, encouraging skill development, teamwork, and sportsmanship. With the remarkable surge in registrations and the success witnessed on the field, the future looks bright for the Vermilion Minor Ball community, as they continue to make their mark on the local sports scene.