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Letter to the Editor: A chance to play

— To the editor:

As we approach the end of Little League season, we have been approached by players asking “Where can I continue playing baseball this summer?” There are not many options available to continue playing baseball during the summer.

The fathers and coaches signing this email have met to discuss the situation and see if there is an alternative available to doing nothing.

There is an alternative. We have agreed to start a weekend tournament team for 11- and 12-year-old players, who have a passion for baseball which does not stop at the end of Little League season. Generally, we see this as an opportunity for players to continue to play and gain additional experience.

All players are welcomed and playing time will be spread equally throughout the games, based on safety, attitude, desire, and practice. The focus will be on continuing to learn and progress; gaining those additional repetitions which are so important to developing baseball, teamwork and life skills.

There is an informational meeting tonight, Thursday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the White Salmon baseball fields. We have applied for Oregon non-profit status and are in the process of applying for federal non-profit status.

The organization will be known as Columbia Gorge Baseball, as we want to provide opportunities for players from Trout Lake, Parkdale, White Salmon, Odell, Hood River, The Dalles, etc.

We will be seeking sponsorship(s) to help defray costs, from individuals and businesses throughout the gorge who want to help gorge kids play more baseball.

We envision playing weekend tournaments, in the Portland region, beginning in July through August or early September, as long as there are players, parents and coaches willing and able to field a team.

If you have any questions, please email us at gorgebaseball@yahoo.com or call 509-540-1309.

Mel Ahrens, Dennis McMahon, Josh Dillingham, Octavio Pinedo, Luis Jimenez

Parkdale

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