For Many, Rain Puts Off Start Of Softball Season

Many Youth Leagues To Start This Weekend

April 17, 1991|By Mike Nortrup | Mike Nortrup,Contributing sports writer

Well, it's that time again.

Adult softball players have already taken to the field for another season.

The Carroll County Men's Softball League and the Mount Airy Men'sLeague were officially to open the softball season for many local teams with early-bird tourneys last weekend.

These affairs, however,were only partially completed because of the Saturday and Sunday rains and will have to be finished at a later date.

Rain also canceled Monday night's planned opening of the Westminster Jaycees girls' softball season.

That league was scheduled to try again Tuesday night (after press time).

Whenever it starts, the league will play itsgames at the Jaycees Park in Westminster.

This weekend, weather permitting, many other county youth baseball and softball leagues begin their campaigns and the remainder will soon follow.

The Hampstead, Manchester and Westminster youth programs start up Saturday with traditional opening day parades, speeches and other ceremonies.

Hampstead will feature a Main Street parade in which the players will move to the Hampstead Lions Club Park, the site of its games.

Hampstead organizers will have some extra players to fit in this year.

Registration has jumped from 620 to 705, making their program nearly as large as Sykesville's baseball operation, which is the largest summer youth sports program in the county.

North Carroll-Manchester, which also opens with a Saturday morning parade, has also grown, adding an in-house girls softball program that has attracted about 100 youngsters ages 5 to 12.

North Carroll-Manchester will play at a variety of sites this year, including Christmas Tree Park and Manchester Elementary.

The Westminster Little League wanted to get the jump on the rest by opening last Saturday but was thwarted by the rains.

Westminster tries again this Saturday with opening ceremonies scheduled for noon at Bennett Cerf Park, where its division for 11-12-year-olds will play.

Its younger players play at the Westminster Playground.

Several other local programs will also open their schedules Saturday.

These include Finksburg, which will play its games at Roaring Run Park and Sandymount Elementary, and Mount Airy, which playsat the town carnival grounds.

Sykesville also opens Saturday at the Sykesville complex and will also play at a separate field on Obrecht Road.

Here is a look at when other youth programs began their seasons:

* Winfield opens April 27 at Stem Field in Winfield.

* The Taneytown Little League also starts on April 27 and plays at Taneytown Memorial Park.

* The Westminster 13-15 Babe Ruth league opens April 27 at Landon Burns Park with eight teams.

* The District II Junior (age 13) and Senior (14-15) leagues open play April 29 in Taneytown, Emmitsburg and Thurmont, with five teams in each age group.

* The Carroll-Frederick League plays at a variety of places in thetwo counties. Games for its 8-10 and 11-12 divisions start May 1. The older 13-15 league was scheduled to start play this week.

* The Mount Airy Girls' softball program begins May 1 and plays at Watkins Park.

* A combined North Carroll and Finksburg Babe Ruth League opens May 4. Both the 13 and 14-15 divisions will have six teams.

* The Charles Carroll softball/baseball program kicks off May 4 with opening day ceremonies at the Sports Complex, the site of most of its games this year. It will also play at the Charles Carroll Elementary School.

* Freedom Optimist girls softball opens May 4, and its teams will play at Eldersburg Elementary School.

* The Central Maryland Girls' Softball League, which plays at a variety of locations, alsoopens in early May.

* The Carroll County 16-18 Babe Ruth league starts play May 19, with five teams in Westminster, North Carroll, Sykesville and Emmitsburg.

* The Western District of American Legion will start around Memorial Day. As usual, the league waits for the high school season to conclude before starting its season.

The following adult leagues also are starting:

* The Carroll Men's SoftballLeague was scheduled to open its regular season Monday night at the Westminster Playground, weather permitting. It will play its games atthe Complex once lights are installed.

* The Mount Airy Men's Softball League will open its regular season on April 22 and will play its games at Watkins Park and at Salt Box Park in Woodbine.

* The Carroll Carroll Church League begins April 23, playing at various locations.

* The South Penn League, which features the Taneytown Cardsand the Westminster Elks, opens April 28 at sites in Carroll, Frederick and Adams (Pa.) counties.

* The Carroll County Fast-Pitch men's league, down to only four teams this year, opens May 5 at the Central Laundry field on the Springfield Hospital grounds.

* Two days later, on May 7, the Carroll County Women's League begins play at the same location.

* Also on May 7, the Woodbine Women's Softball League opens its schedule, playing its games at Salt Box Park.

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