Adult baseball draws near

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— The Yampa Valley Adult Baseball League is more than hot grounders, base hits and a few curve balls.

It also is an opportunity for Routt County adults to play the game they fell in love with as children.

Beginning June 4 and continuing through mid-August, the league will host one nine-inning game every Sunday on Howelsen Hill's Vanatta Field.

"It's a group of guys who just want to play," league coordinator Tommy Larson said. "It's fun, and it's for anyone who loves to play the game."

Larson, who ran the league for several years before taking the 2005 season off, has returned to the helm.

He said the league had about 25 players last summer, and he expects a similar group to turn up this year when the league holds a meet-and-greet meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the upstairs section of the Cantina restaurant in downtown Steamboat Springs.

"It's a chance to shake hands and get to know the other guys who will be playing," Larson said. "It's also a chance to see we are everyday guys."

Larson said the meeting is open to anyone who wants to play and he hopes it will make new players feel more comfortable once play begins.

Larson said the plan is to form two teams. The team rosters will be rotated weekly to keep the games and the matchups fresh.

The cost to join the league is $30 a player. Larson said players typically range in age from high school students to men in their mid-50s.

Larson said players younger than 18 are allowed to play, but their parents must sign a release form.

"Sunday nights are great," Larson said. "You can go away for the weekend and get back in town at 5:30 p.m., grab your glove and play a little baseball."

For more information, call Larson at 870-4479.

-- To reach John F. Russell, call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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