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Dauphin minor baseball ready for a successful year


Dauphin minor baseball teams are starting to hit the diamonds as they prepare for the upcoming season.
This year, there are 158 players registered, with three rally cap teams, four grand slam teams, three in mosquito, two in pee wee, as well as bantam and midget teams.
Dauphin Minor Baseball Association president Jodie Romanow is pleased with the numbers, especially considering how many other sports and activities there are for children in the city now compared to four or five years ago.
“We have the Derailleurs. We have boxing. We have rugby. And we are very happy with the fact that we can maintain our numbers,” she said.
Teams began practicing last week and will begin playing games in mid-May.
Romanow is looking forward to a good season.
“We’re hoping that the weather is in our favour. Rec. services has let us go out on the diamonds this past week. And this week, our little guys start. So rally cap and grand slam, start on Monday and they go Mondays and Wednesdays. By then, everybody will be starting,” she said.
“In mid-May, our mosquito and up, our older kids, will start in the Parkland Minor Baseball League. So they’re going to be starting their league games. And our season will run until the end of June.”
The mosquito teams will play some exhibition games, May 5, to give the association’s new umpires some experience.
A major fund-raiser will be held in a month. Kelleher Ford will host a Line-Drive Fund-raiser, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kelleher will donate $10 to Dauphin Minor Baseball Association for every test drive taken.
There will also be a barbecue, featuring a hamburger combo for $7 or hotdog combo for $5, as well as silent auction prizes.
“We’re so excited for this opportunity that Kelleher Ford Sales Dauphin has given us,” Romanow said.
Along with the test drive, there will be demonstrations set up to feature the pro-trailer assist and parallel parking assist systems in select Ford models. And everyone who completes a test drive will receive a $250 voucher to use towards their next vehicle purchase.
“There’s a lot going on that day in Dauphin, so just to have people come down for a test drive, grab a burger, buy some auction tickets and support Dauphin minor baseball,” Romanow said.
Romanow noted three teams qualified for provincials last year.
“So our goal this year is to get that many, if not more of our teams to the provincial level. We’ve put a lot of effort into preseason clinics, starting our season early to get the players ready to play,” she said.

Doug Zywina