Kids, Inc. Youth baseball for T-Ball, rookie and minor league teams wrapped up last week in a year with lots of players and teams.
Dallas fielded 26 teams for ages kindergarten through third grade, with 10 teams and 170-some players for T-Ball, 12 rookie teams and four teams in minors.
All together, in baseball Dallas has 32 teams playing this summer, with 355 youngsters registered.
That’s way up from 2021, when 239 kids took part. In 2019, pre-COVID-19, the total was close to 300.
Archery also will end soon.
This fall, Kids, Inc., will have flag football, middle school football for seventh and eighth graders, soccer for K-5th grades, middle school volleyball and cheer.
Football registration is underway. Other sports will begin taking registration in July. Teams for all fall sports will be formed in August.
Middle-school football had 46 players last year. Cheer had the same number. Fall soccer had 103 youngsters. Volleyball totaled 81. Soccer and volleyball were for third- through eighth-graders. Flag football had only 11 players, but it was organized late, so more participants are expected this year.
The Dallas High girls bowling team, which qualified for the national championships, wasn’t able to make the trip.
The tournament was Saturday through Monday in Louisville, Kentucky, and Dallas coach Ray Rogers estimated it would take about $20,000 to fly the bowlers, coaches and supporting company there and pay for lodging and other expenses.
Airfare per person had jumped from about $600 to $1,300, bringing the total needed just for that to about $15,000, Rogers said.
So the Dallas girls and boys teams will look ahead to next season, which starts in October. Only one girl and two boys from this year’s team will be graduating.
That makes 14 potential returning bowlers, “and I’m sure we’ll get more,” Rogers said.
“We have the talent to qualify again next year, and I have great kids. They understood that we gave it a great try and came up short (of funds),” Rogers said. “We have the intention to kick butt next season, and now we have a financial head start.”
One of the Panthers’ varsity games in 2022 has been moved from a Friday to a Thursday.
Central will play host to Crescent Valley at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22.
One Central game will take place on a Saturday. The Panthers will play at McKay at 7 p.m. on Oct. 8.
The Pirates will kick off 2022 on Aug. 26 in a jamboree hosted by St. Paul.
The regular season begins Sept. 2 with a nonleague visit to Falls City.
Three more nonleague games come after that: Sept. 9 at home against Crosspoint Christian, Sept. 15 versus Butte Falls at North Eugene and Sept. 23 with Ione at Arlington.
The Pirates’ Special District 1 league matchups are Sept. 30 at home against Falls City, Oct. 7 at Myrtle Point, Oct. 14 at home with Alsea, Oct. 20 at home against Mohawk and Oct. 28 at St. Paul.
All the games start at 7 p.m., except the Butte Falls game, which will begin at noon. Butte Falls and Mohawk are Thursday games; the rest will be played on Friday.
Spenser Watkins, the 29-year-old Baltimore Orioles organization pitcher from Western Oregon University, made his second appearance for the Norfolk Tides on Friday after being sent down as he rehabs from a bruised arm.
It was his first Norfolk start, and he worked 3 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on five hits. He gave up a home run, walked one and struck out five as Norfolk fell 14-5 at home to the Syracuse Mets.
Watkins’ prospect of a return to big-league Baltimore and getting back in the Orioles’ starting rotation might have taken another hit on Friday. Dean Kremer, who took Watkins’ spot as a starter, held Tampa Bay without a run in six innings on Friday, with one walk and five strikeouts, and the Orioles won 1-0.
Watkins and Denyi Reyes reportedly are prime candidates to be recalled, though, and 2017 first-round draft pick DL Hall also could go up to Baltimore from Norfolk this season.