Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Nelson baseball tourney seeks volunteers

July 11-13 youth baseball meet in Hailey

    Youth baseball organizers are wrapping up final plans for the 41st annual Ray Nelson Invitational Tournament set for Thursday through Saturday, July 11-13 on Hailey fields.
    Matt Douthit, president of the Wood River Baseball and Softball Association, said, “We are striving to make this year’s tournament greater than ever with many great memories.
    “We will be hosting numerous teams this year in the 10-U, 12-U and 15-U Babe Ruth divisions. A big part of our tournament’s success comes from the supporting parents of our program volunteering to help during our tournament.”
    Douthit encouraged parents and volunteers to help out.
    He said, “This year we will be meeting at Nelson Field on Wednesday, July 10 around 5:30 p.m. to set up fences, prepare scorekeeping booths and get the fields ready for tournament play. We will also need volunteers to help take the fences down and field clean up on Saturday after the last game of the tournament is played.
    “The preparation of the fields Wednesday has become an annual tradition. We look forward to seeing all of you there that can make it. We have a good time as we transform our fields into tournament-ready fields. The parents and players get the chance to mingle, and we also meet parents and players from other teams.”
    Volunteers can also sign up for time periods during the three-day tournament itself. Jobs include raking and dragging the fields, chalking the lines and batter’s boxes, emptying garbage and making sure fields are in tournament shape.
    To express your interest, contact Douthit at 309-2639 or email him at wrbaseballsoftballassociation@hot, or at

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