Coaches looking for more numbers
BALDWIN — Lee Moore has been among the coaches working with youngsters this summer in Lake County’s 4-H baseball-softball program.
Moore likes the progress the youngsters have been making but is hoping the numbers will eventually increase.
The program ends on July 12.
“It’s going pretty well,” he said on Monday. “We’re down to six kids so that tells you something there. They’re still progressing. They’re learning and they’re enjoying it. The parents are satisfied. That’s all that matters.”
The goal this year has been to get youngsters to start working on their skills and to progress into higher levels.
Moore indicated the process could lead to more numbers. He noted other areas have also been down in numbers.
In previous years, the 4-H program has had more numbers, plus area traveling teams.
“The kids that could have played from ages 12 and up didn’t want to play this year,” Moore said. “They didn’t play for the varsity at Baldwin.”
There weren’t enough baseball and softball players to have full varsity teams this spring.
“We had 31 girls last year,” Moore said. “The girls didn’t come back this year. They didn’t register. That’s strange.”
When the season ends, an assessment will be made of what the next step should be, Moore said.