Sports fans need not turn on the TV to get their baseball fix now that the school year has ended – they can get their local sports fix nightly at the city recreation center.
“That’s where Moab is on weekday nights,” said Moab City Recreation Director John Geiger. “Families, parents, friends and many others make it over.”
Youth leagues started playing in April and early May, and their schedule continues through the end of June and mid-July. Adult softball league play began last week and continues through July 10.
While parents and friends of players may have a clear interest in youth recreation sports, others in the community can also come and enjoy the exciting and often competitive baseball and softball games, Geiger said.
“There’s really been an explosion of interest in baseball and softball recently, with a lot of talent being generated at an early level,” Geiger said.
With increased interest among beginning players, he said it will be interesting to see how the high school programs will be impacted as young players enter those teams.
All teams play on one of the four fields at the Center Street Ballpark on East Center Street in Moab.
T-ball still has two days of play left, on Saturday June 12 at 9 a.m. with the Lightning Bolts facing off against the Tigers, the White Eagle Feathers playing the Red Dragons, the Little Devils versus the Comets, and the Blue Dragons playing the Green Dragons.
On Tuesday, June 15, at 6 p.m., the Green Dragons will play the Lightning Bolts and the Red Dragons will face the Comets. Also that evening, the Blue Dragons will play the Little Devils and the Tigers will play against the White Eagle Feathers.
Girls’ coach-pitch softball, with girls from first and second grades, plays on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. until July 6, when game time moves to 7 p.m.
Boys from first and second grades play in the Boys Jugs League. The boys’ Jugs teams play on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Girls in grades three and four can play in the Falcon League, with games on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Girls in grades five and six play in the Filly League, with games on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Girls in grades seven through nine play in the Fox League, with games every weekday except for Friday at various times and some games in Blanding, Utah.
Boys in grades three and four play in the Mustang League, with games Monday through Thursday at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Boys in grades five and six play in the Pinto League, with games Monday through Thursday at 6:30, 7:30 and 8 p.m. Boys in grades seven and eight play in the Pony League, with games every weekday except Friday at various times, with some games in Blanding.
Girls’ Falcon, Filly and Fox leagues, and Boys’ Mustang, Pinto and Pony leagues all compete for spots in state tournaments.
“It’s the only sport we have where teams can compete at the state level,” Geiger said. “It adds a little extra excitement.”
The state tournament will be held the week of July 13. All team schedules are available online at www.moabcity.state.ut.us.
ByBy Danny Chandler