Glengarry Minor Baseball, which operates a youth league based in Alexandria (on the diamonds at the Glengarry Sports Palace), is hoping to run a spring 2020 season, even one that may be abbreviated.
In a recent announcement, the league’s volunteer board stated that registration remains open for girls and boys with birth years 2005 through 2016.
To assist families at this challenging time, GMB has proposed the following:
Defer payments (to allow parents to register their children and not worry about financial obligations right now).
Registration costs have been lowered to reflect the shorter season expected (current cost reductions are between 20%-25%).
A promise that GMB will not add a second game day during the week. The league is striving to do everything (including possible double-headers) to give kids the best possible season without cutting into valuable family time.
In a “normal” year, Sunday afternoon games would be played over a 12-week season, culminating in early August.
Lancaster’s Phillip Veilleux, a student-athlete at Concordia University, recently returned from competing at the Canadian University National Invitational Baseball Tournament, where the Stingers went 0 and 3, losing games to McGill (5-3), Wilfred Laurier (13-4), and Guelph (4-1).
On the experience competing at the national level, the 5 ft. 10 in., 200 lb. outfielder tells me, “It was very good calibre, and we got to face some of the best teams in the country.”
Guelph went on to beat Laurier in the final, 2-1. Other universities at the event were McMaster and Acadia.
As for Veilleux, he went 1 for 6 (hitting a single) over the course of the weekend competition in Ajax. He also had 5 walks, stole a base, and scored 3 runs.
During the regular season which ran from late August through early October, Concordia amassed a record of 6 wins and 11 losses.
“I was able to step up this year and start every single game in right or centrefield,” Veilleux notes. “Despite the loss [at nationals], it was still a great way to end my career with the Stingers, as I am graduating this year.”
Veilleux is completing his final year of studies as he works towards graduating next spring with an honours degree in urban planning.