It’s been a couple of years since there was a Pee Wee AAA baseball team in Moose Jaw, but that has all changed this year as the AAA Mets are back.
Although the team is completely new and just out of little league, the players are ready to embrace a new style of baseball and develop their skills.
“This is all brand new to Moose Jaw again and to these kids,” said Dave Helland, head coach of the Mets.
The team dropped their home opener double header earlier this month against Weyburn, but for the first time playing, the team isn’t too discouraged.
“It was their first game ever at this level and some of those Weyburn kids are in their third year, so we were expecting it,” said Helland.
Since coming out of little league at the age of 11 and 12, some of the rules are different, including lead offs, the bases are further apart, and the pitching mounds are further back as well and the pitchers have to learn the proper style.
“This year is all learning and hopefully we will be able to keep this team together for a little while, so this is our learn how to play baseball year,” said Helland.
The league will have some tough competition, especially from Regina and Weyburn, where they have some returning players that are able to contribute more on a regular basis.
“It’s going to be tough,” stated Helland. “I think there are a couple of teams in the league that are in the same boat as us, but it will be fun and we will compete.”
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