For the first time in over two decades, Senior Little League baseball is returning to Victoria.
The return of the sport is welcome news to local baseball players who have been forced to play in nearby communities since the early 1990s.
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The Victoria Capitals South Baseball team, composed of athletes aged 14-16 have found a home at Royal Athletic Park.
“It is very exciting to be playing at Royal Athletic Park,” says Victoria Capitals coach Reece Caven in a release.
“The first time we had an evening practice there and the lights came on, I could tell our players felt like they were part of something special.”
Greater Victoria has two Senior Little League teams, Victoria Capitals North and Capitals South. These teams are made up of players from Central Saanich Little League, Beacon Hill Little League, Hampton Little League, and National Little League.
Throughout the summer, the Capitals will be travelling to the mainland and to Seattle to play games.
In July, the team will be heading to the Lower Mainland for BC’s provincial tournament for a chance to make it to the Canadian Championships, and perhaps even the Little League World Series.
To help cover travel costs and other expenses, the team has created a GoFundMe campaign with a fundraising goal of $5,000.
“It’s so wonderful to have senior little league return to Victoria,” Caven says.
“From a coaching point of view, it’s really exciting and rewarding to be able to continue working with players that I’ve coached in the younger age groups. Gone are the days when 12-year-olds age out of little league and that’s great because you only get to be a kid once and these kids love baseball.”