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Wood bat league swings into another year


To the Editor:

Over the past summer an adult wood bat league was started in Imlay City. It was a very successful season, everyone had a great time and they are looking forward to next season.

For 2010 we will limit the league to eight or nine teams. All the teams from last year will have priority, and if all the teams return three or four spots will still be open for new teams. If you are interested in forming a team and playing next summer please contact me at 810-305-0913 or send an email to imlaycitybaseball@yahoo.com.

Last summer there was also an 18U league formed with North Branch. This was also successful and we are looking for more teams for 2010. It kept the high school players playing late into summer without having to travel far and pay a lot of money. Tim Defort of North Branch and I felt it was important to keep the kids playing together and look forward to the 2010 season. We hope to contact all the local high schools and have them participate. For more information please contact Greg Michajlyszyn @ 810-305-0913 or Tim Defort @ 810-348-9547.

I would like to expand HTUSA this year and add younger divisions in boys' baseball and girls' softball. I am looking for anyone interested in managing or playing on a team in 8U, 10U, 12U and 15U (16U softball). These divisions would be structured around what the other local communities are implementing. It would be a league that travels to about 5 tournaments and with local towns like Almont, NB, Attica, Capac, Dryden, etc. The details still have to be worked out with the other towns but I am getting great responses so far. If you are tired of the way things have been running and decisions that have been made in your local baseball/softball leagues, then this is a good opportunity to start new and fresh. This will be a structured league set up to teach the fundamentals of baseball/softball from the very basic to the advanced. My goal is to provide the opportunity for your child to develop the skills necessary to secure a spot on a high school baseball/softball team. If we can teach them the basic fundamentals then maybe it would allow our high school coaches to take our teams to the next level.

I am also looking to see what kind of interest there is in a co-ed softball league. I have heard people mention this and I would like to know if there is enough interest to get a league formed.

For more information on the younger divisions or the co-ed softball, please email imlaycitybaseball@yahoo.com or call 810-305-0913.

Greg Michajlyszyn, Imlay City
November 25, 2009

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