Estevan Minor Baseball has seen an increase in numbers in several age groups for the upcoming season.
Junior mites, which is for seven-year-olds), senior mites (eight-year-olds) and mosquito (nine and 10-year-olds) have higher numbers this year, president Kent Phillips said. There are about 30 players in each of the mites divisions, and 70 in mosquito.
They also have about 70 players in the blast-o-ball entry league.
“In those younger groups, if a lot of those kids continue to play ball, we’ll be in pretty good shape for years to come,” said Phillips.
About 20 young people have registered for peewee (11 and 12-year-olds), but they only have eight in bantam (13 and 14-year-olds). They would need a couple more players to field a bantam house team.
They do have enough for the 15 to 17-year-old midget rep and midget house league entries this season.
“Even though we’re short in the bantam division, our (overall) numbers are still more than they were last year,” said Phillips.
House league seasons are slated to start on April 28, if the weather cooperates. Phillips said the ball diamonds are in good shape.
Minor baseball will field age rep teams at the mosquito AAA and midget AAA levels. The mosquito AAA team is making its return.
“It’s nice to have that group back again,” said Phillips. “We haven’t had mosquito in town for a few years.”
Estevan will be hosting mosquito AAA provincials in July.
Top local midget players will be joining their Weyburn counterparts for the Southeast Legacy Midget AAA Twins, Phillips said. The Twins reached the final of the Saskatchewan Premier Baseball League last year, and they have a lot of second and third-year players, Phillips said.
There likely won’t be rep teams in peewee and bantam leagues this year. But they'll likely take the best local peewee house league players from the area to enter a team for provincials, Phillips said.