by nathan oster
The communities of Greybull and Basin are expected to field up to 13 baseball teams this summer, as more than 120 kids have signed up to play T-ball, coach-pitch, majors, minors or juniors.
Numbers are up from last year, when 106 played baseball. Ken Wright, organizer of the Little League program in south Big Horn County, said sponsors have again stepped up and that he’s looking forward to a great season of baseball.
One change this year is that Greybull-Basin plan to field a juniors team. Wright explained that “juniors” baseball is essentially the Little League version of Babe Ruth baseball. It is for kids ages 13 and 14.
Curtis Johnson and Nathan Patrick are lined up to coach the team, which will play in a league with Cody, Powell and Lovell and be sponsored by Murdoch Oil.
Greybull and Basin are expected to field two majors teams and two minors teams in the Little League program.
One team of majors will be sponsored by Greybull Building Center and be managed by Kristen Schlattmann, Andy DeGraw and Ross Henderson. Big Horn Federal will sponsor the other team, which will be managed by Ken Wright, Darrell Cooper and Dean Schlattmann.
Two minors teams are planned. One, sponsored by E&M Heating, will be coached by Jeff Hunt and Jake Craft, while the other, sponsored by Big Horn REA, will be coached by Shane Schaffner.
Practices are scheduled to begin within the next couple of weeks, with games starting in May.
Numbers are also strong at the coach-pitch and T-ball levels, where the seasons will begin later than at the Little League level, according to Wright.
He said the expectation is for there to be four coach-pitch teams playing under the sponsorships of Greybull Motel, Hunt Construction, Davie’s Machine Shop and TCT, and four T-ball teams playing under the sponsorships of the Bank of Greybull, Laird’s Sanitation, A&W and Security State Bank.
More details about the volunteer coaches and the start of practices will follow in a future issue.