Greg Dupree signs up his daughter Taylor, 7, for Little League on Saturday at Putt-Putt Golf and Games on Martinez Boulevard.
Photo by Donnie Fetter
Dozens of parents turned out to sign up their youngsters for the Martinez-Evans Little League on Saturday at Putt-Putt Golf and Games on Martinez Boulevard.
League registrar Greg Smith estimates more than 200 children between the ages of 5 and 16 will sign up to play T-ball and baseball, but not softball.
"We haven't had enough girls sign up to reinstitute a fast-pitch softball league," said Smith. "We had a fast-pitch league a few years ago, but interest fell off and it still doesn't seem to be there."
Smith said that too many girls have opted to travel to play in weekend softball tournaments as opposed to playing in an organized league.
However, Little League continues to draw hundreds of children. Smith expects around 800 boys and girls to sign up to form around 70 T-ball and baseball teams.
"Baseball is America's game," said Smith. "It draws so many children every year because I think everyone wants to be a part of a team and compete."
Little League season begins the week after spring break and continues to June 1.
Another Martinez-Evans Little League sign-up will be at Putt-Putt at 3763 Martinez Boulevard on Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children ages 5 (by Aug. 1) through 16 can play.
For more information, call 868-0083, or see the Web site at www.eteamz.com/Martinez-Evans/.
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