‘Fun Day’ concludes T-ball and rookie ball season

By Joel Charron

Amherstburg Minor Baseball (AMB) completed another successful season with their annual “Fun Day” on Saturday at Centennial Park.

Twelve teams from two divisions competed in a hit, run, throw competition amongst their colour-coded teams. After the competition the pint sized sluggers were treated to a jumbo hot

Emma Paquette, 4, flashes a big smile as she takes a swing during the hit compitition at Amherstburg Minor Baseball’s “Fun Day” on Saturday.

dog, pop and chips. Players also received medals and a picture of themselves in their baseball uniform and a team picture.

“The kids just love the hit, run, throw competition,” said AMB president Wayne Vignuex. “It ends the season on a good note.”

According to Vignuex, roughly 500 children participated in Amherstburg minor baseball, which is slightly up from previous years.

“Those are very promising numbers,” he said.

Special events coordinator Bruce Kraler said having Fun Day is a good way to get all the teams together for “one last hurrah.”

“Now that baseball is finished families will go on vacation. They have the whole month of August to themselves,” said Kraler.

Kraler added that he was very happy with the turnout this year. He said that not everyone shows up for Fun Day, however that does not seem like the case this year.

The beginning of the year was slow moving because of all the rain the region saw, however as the season progressed everything fell into place.

“Everyone persevered and made in through ok,” said Kraler. “I haven’t heard any bad news, so no news is good news.”

Kraler also praised the hard work of all the coaches, volunteers and parents for this season.

“Without all their hard work and dedication, I really don’t know where Amherstburg Minor Baseball would be,” he said.

Nick Charron, who coaches his daughter Tyler’s t-ball team, said he coaches t-ball for the kids.

“It’s all for the kids. It’s to help them grow into sports and having fun,” said Charron. “It’s always for the kids, it’s always going to be for the kids.”

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