Senior baseball back in Orangeville

April 23, 2014   ·   0 Comments

Orangeville will again field a senior team this season as a member team of the North Dufferin Baseball League.

Previously called the AirFx, the squad didn’t field a team in 2013 after they couldn’t fill the roster to start the year.

They are back this season with a new brand and name – the Giants – and new uniforms.

“We have about 15 guys coming out with a total of 20 on the roster,” said coach Nathan Drury. “If we need the extra guys for a game, we call them up.”

Most teams in the Senior division try to keep a roster of at least 20 players.

At the Senior level, it is hard to get all players out to every game when you toss in jobs and vacation time during the summer months so most team try to ensure they’ve got player to fill in when the bench might be a little short.

The Senior Division of the NDBL has 15 teams in the line-up for 2014 with all squads from last season returning and the addition of the Giants for this year.

“We were doing indoor training at Alliston Christian School,” Drury said. “We can’t get on the Orangeville fields yet.”

The Town generally reserves locally playing time in the Spring to give the ground time to settle if it appears that the fields are still too wet to play on to avoid damage to the turf.

The team will also have a new home diamond for most of the season.

The first two games will be played at Princess of Wales Park, with the shift being made to the diamond at Springbrook Park for the remainder of the season.

A double-header will start the season for the Giants when they travel to Bolton for back-to-back games against the defending champion Brewers on Saturday, May 10.

The defending champion Bolton Brewers are returning this season after winning the Senior Division for five consecutive seasons and will attempt to make history by winning the title for the sixth year.

The League also has an eight team junior division with teams from around the region.

Their first home game will be the following day (Sun. May 11) in Orangeville when they host the Midland Indians.

That game is schedule for 4 p.m. at Princess of Wales Park.

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