IWVYB season comes to a close

IWVYB season comes to a closeFirst baseman Alan Winterly prepares to catch a pickoff throw as Connor Auld tries to get back to the base. The Red Sox ultimately beat the Rockies 7-0 to win the Pony-Colt Championship game on June 9. — Photo by Laura Austin

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By WILLIAM STEPHENS SR.

News Review Correspondent

The 2018 Indian Wells Valley Youth Baseball season came to a close on June 9, with the Bronco and Pony/Colt division championships, proceeded by the Mustang and Pinto championships, which were played on May 30 and May 15 respectively.

In the Pony/Colt Division the Red Sox coached by Jena Ostile defeated the Rockies coached by William Stephens Sr, Chris Farrell and Jason Goebel.

The Bronco Division champions, the Diamondbacks coached by Vic Ireland and Matt Freese, defeated the Dodgers coached by Stan Byrd, Al Baca and Alex Vasquez.

For the Mustang Division, the Angels coached by Chris Gray, Michael Bachman and Dennis Cane defeated the Astros coached by Tammy Schiller, Ron Schiller and Josh Rivera.

The Pinto Division champions the Dodgers coached by Vince Tamez and Zack Hillewaert defeated the Phillies coached by Chris Burchette and Dennis Cane.

The Shetland Division doesn’t have a championship game, it did run a Green/Grey game for all six-year-olds.

IWV Youth Baseball President Don Phillips cited “the lack of infrastructure” as the reason why this season was unlike any other.

“I think overall the season went fine” said Phillips. “That’s not to say, obviously, that there weren’t hurdles to jump over and logistics to figure out. But once the season got going and got settled in, people understood what the situation was.”

Program participants this season say it was one of adapting and overcoming, with hard work put in by not only for the players, coaches and family members but especially by the board members who worked tirelessly in order to put together a season that would give all players an opportunity to play ball.

Because of continued renovations at the Kerr McGee fields, the IWV season took place at a new location, the LeRoy Jackson Park complex.

Performing evaluations, moving all the equipment; such as bases, chalker, gator, and most importantly having to change a softball field into a baseball field every game, made things “challenging at times” said Phillips.

Even with the challenging obstacles the league had to face, sign ups this year included around 330 youngsters ranging from ages four to 15, numbers that are about normal for the league’s spring season.

For those interested in volunteering or running for a board position, Phillips pointed out that anyone can run for open positions such as president, vice president, Fall Ball director, division VP and many more that deal with different aspects of the IWV league.

These positions, some of which are for two-year terms, are voted on at the end of each season, and anyone can run for a position.

Next up for the IWV league is the fall ball season, which will start in September and run through October.

Kids ages four to 14 can participate, and parents can expect announcements on start dates and fees sometime in August.

For more information, see www.iwvyb.com or visit the league’s Facebook page.

Story First Published: 2018-06-22