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Minor baseball pitches for May 3 start

'"We're going to make the most of it. Hopefully next year we can get back to normal'
North Peace pitcher Dillon Neufeld watches one of his trademark curve balls in the game against the Plamondon Mustangs on July 20, 2019, during the Baseball Alberta Single A Provincials.

Little league players can start dusting off their bats and working out their arms, as the North Peace Minor Baseball season is set to start May 3. Registration has been open for a couple months, and the snow on the diamonds is melting quickly. 

"May 3 is the date we've been discussing with the city. As long as we don't get a huge dump of snow in the next two weeks I think we'll be ready to go around then," said NPMB President Forrest Liddicoat.

Only four of the Kin Park diamonds will be in use this year instead of six, due to the city's redesign of the park, though all three college ball diamonds will be available. However, the limited number of diamonds isn't expected to jam NPMB that bad, as Liddicoat says registration numbers are down. 

"It's what I expected, we missed a whole year last year, and things are still so up in the air with what sports will be offered this summer that a lot of people are waiting until the last minute," Liddicoat said. "We'll definitely have baseball this year, even if it's just a team practicing by itself."

Details haven't been released on exactly what will and won't be permitted from the province in regards to baseball, and it's unclear how many players will be allowed on the diamond at a time. But Liddicoat thinks it will be great for kids to play at least some form of baseball this season. 

"We're going to make the most of it. Hopefully next year we can get back to normal, Kin Park will look a lot different then, and we can put a big emphasis on recruiting and trying to get back to where we were," he said. 

"This is a transition phase for us, and many of our core group of kids have aged out and moved on, but we'll rebuild it, and the kids are chomping at the bit to get outside for some ball this year."

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