of The Clarion
Opportunities in baseball are ever-growing in this province.
In- and out-of-province travel teams, training opportunities and even a couple of academies have started up in the past few years.
Benjamin Ortman recently took advantage of a chance to travel to Phoenix with a team from the Going Yard Training Centre in Saskatoon.
The 13-year-old, along with his brother Eli, mother Christie and father Andy, flew with the team to Phoenix to compete from Nov. 8 to 14 in the USSSA Veteran’s Salute tournament, an event that saw 125 teams competing in several age divisions.
Ortman’s team did well, beating a team from Phoenix on the mercy rule in the first game, and going undefeated in the next three games as well (although the scores were a little closer), before losing out in the tournament semifinal.
Benjamin said that it was a great experience.
“I really liked meeting new friends and I feel like I really improved,” he said. “The coaches were really good and the players were all really good.”For more on this story, please see the Nov. 22 print edition of The Clarion.