By Fred Wallace
Is it fastball season ?
Not for another month.
Both the Owen Sound Volkswagen Junior Selects and the returning to the ISC fold Senior Selects will commence their training camps on the weekend of May 2nd at Harrison Field in Owen Sound.
As we've been talking since last fall, this season should be a banner season for local fastball with both of the Selects teams in Owen Sound along with the Blue Devils in Port Elgin all entered into the ISC Eastern Canada Travel League.
Naturally, as was long ago established, the highlight of the summer season will once again be the Canadian Junior Men's Fastball Championship tournament hosted by the Volkswagen squad August 2nd to the 9th.
A year ago, Owen Sound was very successful in staging the Championship tournament.
The major difference this year is that the pre-season polls seem to indicate Owen Sound is a far greater contender than they were last year when they won the Bronze Medal.
One other weekend of note in Owen Sound is July 24th & 25th.
The Selects will be hosting the annual ISC League tournament that weekend at Duncan McLellan Park.
With two travel teams in Owen Sound, plus one in nearby Port Elgin and a Men's league bordering on a dozen teams, the 2009 Fastball season can't start quick enough.
I'm Fred Wallace