POULSBO — There will be some extra money for renovations to Snider Park in the offseason, following the North Kitsap Little League’s Clash on the Diamonds and Diamond Jubilee June 1.
The events raised “right around $10,000,” according to Megan Campbell Visk, a RockFish Group employee and spokesperson for North Kitsap Little League. The Clash on the Diamonds consisted of fast-paced competitions. The Jubilee was a celebration of NKLL’s 60th year.
The money will be used for improvements on and around baseball and softball fields, NKLL President Mike Driscoll said. Those improvements include: enclosing the batting cages, improvements to the outfield grass on A Field, removing a building on B Field, constructing new bleachers, completing an announcers booth on C Field, and adding a dugout and scoreboard on D Field.
Though Driscoll has not yet crunched numbers to figure out how much each project will cost, he expects each field to see improvements.
The Clash on the Diamonds challenged players in AAA softball and baseball, Majors softball and baseball, and Junior level teams in each division. Competitions had players showing off their best bunt, throwing accuracy, and speed around the bases. A home run competition was held as well.
The top scoring team and top five players in each division with the most earned runs received hooded sweatshirts with “Champion” printed on the back. The teams with the most earned runs in each division earned a trip to a Tacoma Rainers game.
Players also competed for individuals prizes, including iPod Nano’s and the grand prize: a Kindle Fire and iPod Nano.
After a Challengers game was held, the Jubilee commenced. The Jubilee included food and music. Juanito’s Taco Shop served tacos; with drinks provided by Central Market and Pepsi. Hood Canal Nurseries sponsored a DJ. Activities were held for children, and coaches faced off in a hit-run-throw competition.
Juanito’s and NKLL made donations to Ian Gunnell’s Positive Fight Mode and Carmen Garringer’s Caring for Carmen fundraisers. Both children are undergoing treatment for cancer.
Driscoll, who has been involved with NKLL for about 25 years, said the key to the success with the program is having good management and a dedicated group of volunteers. There are about a dozen core volunteers, he said. Little League serves about 800 players, and more volunteers are always welcome. Driscoll said it’s important for youth in North Kitsap to have options for outside activities — it’s not so much about baseball and softball, it’s about teaching teamwork and listening and how to be a good teammate.
Softball: Juniors, Hood Canal Nurseries; Majors, Synergy Plumbing; AAA, Gurney’s Tileworks.
Baseball: Majors, Dan Thacker DDS; AAA, Eagle Home Mortgage.
AA Softball: Ingrid Burchill; Laila McNamara; Julia Schuchart; Makayla Beaudoin.
AA Baseball: Josh Smith.