Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth baseball leagues will kick off the summer season with opening day ceremonies in Tooele at Parker’s Park at 9 a.m. and in Stansbury at 10 a.m. Grantsville will begin its season on Saturday, April 21.
Tooele County Cal Ripken- Babe Ruth president Tom Poyner said the league has been in existence for 20 years and now there are more than 50 teams with players that range in age from 5 to 15 years old.
“This is my last season as president, next year Sean McClatchey will take over as president and we are searching for the next person to step up and give four years to this program — two years as first vice president then two years as president,” Poyner said. He said there are five teams participating in the Utah Babe Ruth Accelerated Programs with one 10U team, one 11U team, one 12U team one 13 prep team and one 15U team.
“This is very exciting. These teams play other teams from the Wasatch Front on Saturdays for the next eight weeks with doubleheaders every Saturday,” Poyner said.
Mike Sodorborg, president of Stansbury Youth Baseball Association, said he is encouraged by the number of volunteers and sponsors who are dedicated to bringing a community together by supporting the growth and sportsmanship of youth baseball in the Stansbury Park area.
“We’ve been going now since 2006 and now have four Major League teams, four Minor League teams, five machine pitch and seven T-ball teams,” Sodorborg said. He said the Babe Ruth League for players ages 13-15 is also looking good by combining teams from Tooele, Stansbury Park and Grantsville in the league. “There has been a lot of good work done by John Wright with the Tooele County Babe Ruth League,” Sodorborg said.
Baseball runs from April 14 through May 24 then All-star teams are selected and tournaments begin.