Jeff Schlapp — Enterprise Sports Editor
Thursday, April 21, 2022
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Livingston Mariner Reid Lindquist winds up to fire a pitch on Wednesday in Livingston during the Mariners opening game of the season against the Livingston Cardinals. Enterprise photo by Jeff Schlapp

On Wednesday night the Boys of Summer returned to the ball field for opening night when the Livingston Cardinals and the Livingston Mariners from the Livingston Minors League played against each other.

The Minors League consists of four teams with two from Livingston and two from Big Timber. The season consists of nine games with the teams rotating against each other during the season. With the cancelation of the American Legion season it turns out there is still some exciting baseball for local fans to come out and watch. The Minors League consists of players who are 10 and under, while their big brothers make up the Babe Ruth league who were also in action last night.

Under clear skies and 50 degree temperature about 50 fans came out to enjoy watching the youngsters. The kids were excited and they displayed excellent skills on the diamond.

The teams coaches were encouraging and constantly providing instruction on the field and in the dugout. And with each run the teams scored their teammates were there to high-five each other and celebrate each others success.

The purpose of the league is to allow the kids to continue to learn skills playing a variety of positions throughout the season, sportsmanship, and play under real game conditions. The goal within the Livingston Youth Baseball League is to help build excitement with the players and fans as these young ball players move up in the programs from the minors, to the majors, to Babe Ruth which would ensure the continuation next year and future years, the sustainability and growth of the Livingston American Legion team.

The boys of summer are back and ready to entertain Livingston and Big Timber fans. The teams play each Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at the Livingston baseball complex and with eight weeks left in the season there will be ample opportunities for folks to come out and enjoy the great sport of baseball.