Local U18 AA baseball team readies to launch this spring

The Parkland Expos baseball organization will be adding a team to its roster this summer.

The Expos had teams at the U15 and U18 AAA level in 2020, and now look to add a U18 AA team, explained Kelly Hubic.

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Initial interest is certainly apparent from players across the region, with 16 meeting at the Nexera Flexihall in Yorkton Friday evening for some indoor practice.

The hopefuls for the AA team under head coach Larry Kitchen, included players from Yorkton, Saltcoats, Langenburg, Invermay, Preecevile and Sturgis.

"We're getting a lot of interest from the parkland area," said Hubic.

The interest comes after 22 players attended a try-out for the U18 AAA team that will play with a roster of 12 or 13, under head coach Mike McCubbing.

Of course what a season might look like remains largely an unknown with the current pandemic.

The U15 Expos will have head coach Jordan Evans at its helm in 2021.

Hubic said they are hoping for an update from the province later this month on what a baseball season -- hoped to begin in early May -- might look like.

While optimistic, given they were allowed to play last summer - albeit later in the year and for a shorter season than usual - Hubic said they realize there will be rules to follow.

As it is, in the indoor practices the teams are holding "only eight players are allowed at a time, not including coaches," said Hubic.

"It's a struggle when you can't have the whole team together."

The new U18 AA and AAA Expos will play in the Saskatchewan Premier Baseball League if all goes well with the regulations, offered Hubic, who said they are anticipating 15 AA Division teams.

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