Jarret Conway slides in safe to third base

Jarret Conway slides in safe to third base

Teams prep for big ball season

Another season of Trail Youth Baseball and Trail Little League hit Butler and Andy Bileski Parks on the weekend.

The boys of summer are back on the ball fields in what promises to be a big season for local players.

Trail Little League made its debut on the weekend with a full compliment of games despite only one usable baseball field.

The main diamond at Andy Bileski Park is currently undergoing a major renovation to prepare for the B.C. Little League provincials in July.

According to organizers, thanks to many volunteers, the upgrades are moving forward very quickly, and work on the field should be completed by the end of June.

Trail Youth Baseball, got underway last month with Junior Babe Ruth division fielding six teams including three from Greater Trail and one each from Grand Forks, Nelson and Castlegar, while the Senior Babe Ruth boasts seven teams this season.

Tryouts for the American Legion Trail Jays AAA, Diamondbacks AA, and Phillies A will go this weekend.

Interested players between the ages of 13 and 19 from Greater Trail, Castlegar, Nelson and Grand Forks are encouraged to come out.

Tryouts go Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday to be determined and Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Players will be assigned to either the AAA, AA or A teams after this weekend.

American Legion action starts on May 18.

The Trail Orioles meanwhile will also be tuning up for another season of action in the Pacific International League.

The team has 26 games scheduled including tournaments in Kelowna at the end of June, the Western Canadian Qualifier, the Provincials and Western Canadians in August.

Their first home game goes Friday May 25 against the Kelowna Jays.