By Greg Bennett
Organizers of a new Shelburne County intermediate men’s baseball team was officially welcomed into the Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League this week.
Roddy Conrad, the president of Shelburne Minor Baseball, says interest from players has been strong, with 16 players coming out to a recent meeting. Several others will join the team once university classes finish later this spring.
Conrad, who is also the regional director for Baseball Nova Scotia, was in Hantsport on the weekend to make a pitch to the league to accept the new Shelburne team.
The six-team league, which includes teams from Yarmouth, Bridgewater, Hants, Pictou, Windsor and Noel Road will expand to eight teams this summer with the addition of the Shelburne team and a team from Chezzetcook.
The Shelburne team still has some fundraising to do and is still looking for a coach.
"A coach is very important …but we have the players, which is most important,” he said. “Now we’ll be seeking funds and sponsors.”
Conrad is hoping indoor practices can be held later this month. Players won’t be able to hit local fields until they dry out from the snows and heavy rains from the past weeks.
For anyone interested in coaching or helping in any way can contact Roddy Conrad, 875-6747 or 875-2075 or find the group on Facebook, Shelburne County Intermediate Baseball.
The idea for a new team was first pitched in December by local university baseball player Darren Deinstadt.
The 20-year-old played for the Yarmouth Gateways last year, travelling back and forth at least twice a week for games and practices.
Deinstadt was among many who believed that there is enough talent and interest in the game in Shelburne County to field a competitive intermediate team.