By Cole Parkinson
Like most other sports, COVID-19 wreaked havoc on seasons over the past two years, but with restrictions lifted in the province, Taber Minor Baseball is back to its usual spring schedule.
With seasons starting in short order, the organization is reporting good numbers for the 2022 season.
“Registration is up overall. The numbers are down though from the past few years with lacrosse coming in and a lot of the hockey kids naturally progress over to lacrosse. It just makes sense, so our numbers haven’t recouped to pre-lacrosse, but they are getting close,” stated Darcy Firth, president of Taber Minor Baseball. “Definitely coming out of COVID, we did get a boost, particularly in the younger aged kids, so t-ball numbers are really good. We’re building six teams out of that and our machine pitch will have two teams this year. That number is a little down from usual. In our minor age division, we have three teams, and we usually have two teams, but we’re up to three. Our major division, we have two teams again and that fluctuates between one and two teams every year. Our intermediate age group (is) with the Myers high school team, so our teenage team didn’t get going this year. They’re going to go play with the high school team there, and that’s no problem — as long as they’re out playing ball.”