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Swinging Into Spring


By Fred Wallace

Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire "


In normal circumstances, we'd be making the delicate swing into Spring and Summer activities, including both baseball and fastball.

Like Major League Baseball, the Bluewater Fastball League is in limbo as we speak, awaiting word on when they can commence.

When the Bluewater League commences ( and I hesitate to say IF they commence ) the anticipation is there will be an additional entry for this season based out of Shallow Lake.

The Sting have enjoyed significant success at the provincial and national level in recent years, aided to a large extent by playing against men in the Owen Sound Fastball League.

For 2020, the Shallow Lake Sting Midgets apparently are ready to step up to an even higher level and compete in the Bluewater League.

Still with fastball, the Ontario Amateur Softball Association released a list of 12 nominations to potentially receive " Quest for Golf " funding from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.

Now, not all 12 will get funding, but what stands out from the O.A.S.A. list is how familiar these names are, almost all of them have played at Duncan McLellan Park either with local teams or with visiting teams for Softball Canada Bantam and Midget Championships in recent years.

Alphabetically, pitcher Mac Mulvey out of Belmore, Jackson Pegelo from Cargill, Owen Rahn of Durham, Williamsford's Owen Torrie & Matthew Weiler who resides in Hepworth are names that leap off the page.

Finally, in a local baseball note, pitcher Jack Middleton of Saugeen Shores has signed for his third year of college baseball.

After 2 years at George Brown, Middleton has shifted and will attend and pitch for the Centennial College Colts of the OCAA.  

There's no ball in these parts at this moment, but there's certainly news from both fastball and baseball.


I'm Fred Wallace

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