New park, logo for Nelson baseball
Nelson Baseball Association registration is now opened.
The association is getting set for another exciting season that will include the new Lions Park diamond and a new logo — the Steller’s Jay.
“This bird is very common in the Nelson area and is a playful and very smart bird,” said association president Larry Martel. “Big Cranium made it for us and we’ll have it on some of the uniforms and on display at the two diamonds. It’s an effort to better brand the league and have something the kids can identify with.”
At the end of last season the association handed out the Dean Wells Memorial trophy which recognized the Nelson Baseball Association player who demonstrates sportsmanship, skill and a passion for the game. Breaden Zarikoff was the 2012 winner.
Zarikoff led the West Kootenay Babe Ruth league in most pitching categories while pitching for the Nelson Diamondbacks. He also went on to play for the Kootenay representative team at the BC Summer Games and for the Trail Diamondbacks in the Summer American Legion League season playing teams from Montana, Idaho and Washington state. Zarikoff was also the winner of the President’s Award for top Nelson Babe Ruth player in 2012.
The President’s Award winners for Little League Majors was Quin Hall and for Little League Minors was Jackson Hare.
Gold Glove winners for 2012 were Brendan Martel (Babe Ruth), Joel Aubert (Babe Ruth), Jayden Bennett (Majors), Charles Curiston (Minors), Kelton Forte (Minors) and Johnny Milachuck (Minors).
Registration forms for the 2013 season are now available at nelsonbaseball.ca.