Another successful season for Colville Kiwanis Baseball

By: 
ERIC OHRTMAN
Special to the S-E

Recapping the spring in the Majors, Minors and developmental Rookie League

BY ERIC OHRTMAN
Special to the S-E

Another year of Colville Kiwanis Baseball has drawn to a successful conclusion. A total of 298 players from five communities comprised 23 teams to compete across three age groups. Teams from Northport, Ione, and Inchelium joined those from Kettle Falls and Colville to fill 12 different ball fields with action on every weeknight since April 1. It was a year of firsts; a year of renewal and a year of exceptional parity.

THE MAJORS

Before the season even got started there was excitement when Boy Scout Mason Floener approached me with the desire to bring the National Anthem back to Yep Kanum Park. Mason was able to mobilize city staff to reclaim the flag pole with a new rope and pulley system, get a donation of a new flag, and secure funding from the Jeff Weeman Memorial Fund for a new portable PA system, all so that for the first time in 20 years, each game at Yep Kanum Park would start with the National Anthem.
While Mason was working behind the scenes to restore a tradition, Kiwanis President Lori Matlock was working to clean sponsor signs and bring new life to the old storage and bathroom facility and rightfield scoreboard. Colville Valley Concrete donated a good load of infield dirt and coaches Andy Hydorn and Chris Magruder worked it in. Together, they made each night of baseball special.
The upper division of Colville Kiwanis Youth Baseball is U-12. Going into the season, I guessed that the level of play would be high. “The number of returning players, including kids who played on All-Star teams last summer, was high, and the newcomers could play. Combine that with an excellent group of coaches and I had a hunch that we’d see some good baseball this year- but I never expected it to be this good.

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