Spring on the prairies means the opening of the season for ball players.
And Ponoka in no different as minor baseball and softball takes to the local diamonds for the next two months.
The season opened for real last week for the Ponoka baseball Peewee Jays as they hosted the Clive Red Sox at the Riverside diamonds in their first home game of the season on Tuesday, May 10.
Head coach Deanna Jones stated this was club’s second game of the year and believes there is plenty of talent on the young 10-player squad, that includes two over-age players and three players that were moved up from the lower Mosquito category.
“All of them have played the game before and going forward, I think we just need to fine tune some of the skills the players already have,” said Jones.
“At the end of the season, I hope the players will say they had a lot of fun and improved in some area of play specific to their goals.
To assist in that area, Jones added they are hitting the batting cage behind the recreation complex during practices to maximize the players experience batting, while pitching and catching is also focused on. In addition, the players are continuing to work on their fielding, working on proper positioning and strategies for both the infield and outfield.