The Osoyoos Minor Baseball Association (OMBA) is throwing its biggest pitch of the season.
OMBA is hoping its city council will be able to provide them better facilities after approaching them on Tuesday at their meeting. With a vision to grow the future of baseball in Oliver and Osoyoos following two seasons, OMBA wrote a letter to council regarding facility usage. OMBA has attracted more than 200 players in its first two years.
Jason Bartsch, president of OMBA, wrote to mayor and council that feedback from a survey they conducted mentioned the need for “baseball field infrastructure” and available facilities.
In his letter, Bartsch indicated that Osoyoos has already developed the potential for two beautiful baseball fields in the community. One has been outfitted as a slo-pitch field without a suitable baseball pitching mound on the field. The other baseball park has been converted to a dog park over the past several years. The association would like to see the town re-purpose the dog park back to a ballpark with the following additions: a dual pitching mound configuration for both 13U and 15U age groups with base anchors for 70-feet and 80-feet base paths and a proper dirt infield.
Last year its teams competed Kelowna, West Kelowna, Summerland, Penticton, Princeton, Keremeos and OK Falls. Facing larger associations their teams had competed exceptionally well, said Bartsch.