The B.C. Baseball Umpires Association finally made a good call last week when they recognized two of the men-in-blue’s best.
BCBUA regional director Bill MacMillan presented Matt Snary of Trail with the BCBUA Junior Umpire of the Year Award given to a young umpire who shows outstanding ability combined with dedication to local programs.
“The BCBUA prides itself on its commitment to educate and further the careers of youth umpires thoughout the province,” said MacMillan in a release. “We do this through a system of local clinics, advanced clinics, and on field mentorship.”
In addition, the BCBUA also recognized long-time umpire Brad Elliot with the George Connelly Builders Award for outstanding long term commitment to building and maintaining a strong umpire program in the local area.
“I am happy to announce the recipient of the George Connelly Builders Award this year is Brad Elliot of Trail,” said MacMillan.
“Brad has been involved in this area since the beginning of recorded time – or the early sixties, same thing – and is currently serving as the Umpire in Chief for Trail Youth Baseball.”
Baseball umpires like Elliot and Snary routinely call dozens of games every season from Little League up to Senior Men’s baseball, and are an essential and valued asset to the Greater Trail baseball community.