SUBMITTED PHOTO Tri-Port Thunder’s Griffin Handley steals second base last season down island.

Tri-Port Minor Baseball readies for new season

Tri-Port Minor Baseball (TPMB) is gearing up for a new season with some brand new changes on the way.

“In recent years, we have been operating under the Campbell River Minor Baseball Association, but with registration up and with early talk about the numbers for the upcoming 2018 season, the parent group that has been involved the past few years felt it was time to form our own association,” said TPMB president Ryan Handley. “By doing this it allows us access to many programs through BC Baseball, for example there are association workshops, coaching caravans, and other promotion tools that will help us grow our association on the North Island.”

Handley added that in the coming weeks, “we will be filling other positions needed to form a proper committee. We are all very excited for the upcoming season and look for it to be bigger and better than it has been for a very long time.”

Handley credited TPMB’s growth to the current parent group and “the countless hours Nicole Handley has put in over the past couple years, which is a big reason we are where we are today.”

He added he hopes to have teams in all divisions this year, “but the biggest challenge will be the Midget level, we need those kids to get involved as we have only maybe three or four from Bantam moving up this year. Having minor baseball rejuvenated on the North Island again is very exciting and we can’t wait to get things going.”

Registration is available in Port Hardy at North Star Cycle and Sports, Port McNeill at Timberland Sports, Marnie Ordano at Redden Net, and Port Alice through Dave and Natalie Stewart. For more information please call Handley at 250-949-0224, email shaggy44@telus.net, check out TPMB’s Facebook page.

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