This is the big Opening Week of the 2007 Wood River Little League youth baseball and softball season.
Girls' fast pitch softball games kicked off the Blaine County Recreation District summer program Tuesday night, and most hardball games begin tonight, Wednesday in Hailey.
Raeghen Peavey, BCRD Community Programs Director, said there are 497 Wood River Valley youth ages 5-13 enrolled in the program. A total 39 teams have been formed featuring up to 78 volunteer coaches and assistant coaches.
She said that the BCRD and Wood River Little League Volunteer Board would like to thank all the team sponsors who make the program possible. Here is a list of team names (sponsors in parentheses) and general outline of the schedule:
Girls' Softball 7-10: Washington State Cougars (Burks Excavation), Auburn Tigers (DL Evans Bank), Arizona Wildcats (Idaho Mountain Express) and Colorado State Rams (POWER Engineers).
Games Tuesdays and Thursdays May 29-June 21 at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the WRHS softball field and Woodside Elementary School field in Hailey, followed by a tournament. Peavey is league director.
Girls' Softball 11-13: Florida Gators (Allred Precision Millwork), UNC Tar Heels (Wood River Lions Club) and Oklahoma State Cowboys (Donnelley Sports of Twin Falls).
Games Tuesdays and Thursdays May 29-June 21 at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the WRHS softball field, followed by a tournament. Peavey is league director.
WRLL T-Ball (ages 5-6): Marketron (coach Michael Ericksen), Rocky Mountain Hardware (Brian Nelson), Wood River Community YMCA (Trent Heitzman), Idaho Lumber (Pat Deal), Blaine County Fitness Center (Scott Manning), First Bank of Idaho (Kevin Kinney), Elk Rooking Inc. (Erik Nilsen), Evans Plumbing (Krista Kulhanek), Spine Care of Idaho (Victor Thomas) and Pioneer Saloon (Dave Swenke).
Games Tuesdays and Thursdays June 5-28 at 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at The Community Campus field in Hailey and Atkinson Park diamond in Ketchum. Peavey is league director.
WRLL Coed Coach Pitch (7-8): Rochester Red Wings (Joe's Backhoe Service), Lansing Lugnuts (Gem State Roofing), Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Marketron), Louisville Bats (Haemmerle & Haemmerle), Savannah Stud Gnats (Uhrig Fencing), Burlington Bees (Shorty's Diner), Ogden Raptors (Hailey Eye Center), Tucson Sidewinders (Bald Mountain Realty) and Carolina Mudcats (CK's Real Food).
Games Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays May 30-June 29 at 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. at Nelson Field in Hailey and Atkinson Park, Ketchum. An end-of-season jamboree will be Saturday, June 30. Peavey is league director. League coordinators are Lars Hovey and James Nelson.
WRLL Kid Pitch (9-10): Midland Rock Hounds (Marketron), Sacramento River Cats (Sawtooth Auto Sales), West Tenn. Diamond Jax (Wise Guy Pizza Pie), Connecticut Defenders (POWER Engineers), Greensboro Grasshoppers (Village Woodcrafts), Charleston River Dogs (Fisher Appliance) and Batavia Muckdogs.
Games Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays May 30-June 22 at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Nelson Field and Atkinson Park. An end-of-season tournament follows. League coordinator is Andy Portillo.
WRLL Kid Pitch (11-12): Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (S. Erwin Excavation), Oakland A's (Burks Excavation), San Diego Padres (Shelley's Deli), Atlanta Braves (Lallman, Feltman, Peterson & Co.), Los Angeles Dodgers (Sawtooth Wood Products) and New York Mets (Tim Jeneson Insurance).
Games Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays May 30-June 22 at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Nelson Field and Atkinson Park, followed by a tournament. League coordinators are Jim Braatz and Scott Carter.