The blue team coached by Chris Higdon and Jon Sim captured the Kinsmen Baseball rookie title this season. The division featured very evenly matched and competitive teams.
Kinsmen Baseball ended on two high notes as the mosquito AA team emerged with the gold medal following a grueling eight-team tournament during the Labour Day weekend. The second success was experienced at the annual Labour Day Amherst Little League Tournament where the peewee team won the event.
This past season saw over 300 players participate in the Kinsmen program from four- to 15-years-old within 20 teams playing out of the Kinsmen Baseball Complex. The program welcomed many players from around the county who were given the opportunity to play baseball who may not have otherwise had that option. A highlight was a new team brought to the peewee house league by Marcus MacLean from the south end of New Glasgow, which played under the Ward 1 banner. Over 100 young players participated in the beginning farm league program where skills and fun was the focus.
During the past four years, the program has grown from 120 to 300 participants necessitating some innovative ways to accommodate the numbers. Skills programs were offered in the mornings to rookie and mosquito players while the program’s “Play and Pop” unstructured baseball was a great success. The Kinsmen Club invested in another pitching machine and a detachable base system, which performed very well during provincial play.
Plans for next year will include some early coaching clinics for interested parents, modified mosquito house league rules to improve game pace and more field improvements. The Kinsmen Baseball program promotes participation of all children regardless of ability within a very affordable, high quality format. The increase in numbers has proven the success of this philosophy where players of varying ability play together in the house league program.