Keeping the game alive after high school

There are two leagues in which adults can play baseball this summer.

Adult men's league

For men 18 years and older, there's a competitive baseball league in town. The league aspires to rebuild the Taos baseball tradition of the past and generate as much positive baseball participation as possible.

Games are on Sundays and team members show up and play, "like Little League for adults," described co-organizer Eric Welch. "Just call the coach if you can't be there."

The cost for the season is $60, which includes insurance, baseballs and Major League Baseball national registration. Games are held at the Taos High School baseball field and the first game is in late May against a team from Trinidad, Colorado. Sign-ups will be May 19 at the Taos Youth and Family Center. Questions can be directed to Eric Welch at ewelch919@gmail.com.

Volunteer Opportunities

Love baseball and want to be involved but won't be playing? Have a community service requirement for an organization and want to spend it doing something you love and making a contribution you can see? Consider being a volunteer umpire for the Taos Baseball League. Contact Eric Welch at ewelch919@gmail.com if you're interested.

Noncompetitive 55+ League

This year, Mark Pritchard is organizing a recreational baseball league for seniors 55 and over. There will be no cost to the participants and no need to run, slide or keep score. "It's pure sandlot baseball," Pritchard says, "but on the high school field."

In this noncompetitive league without travel or organized games with other teams, the idea is for players to show up when they can on Sunday afternoons between June and September to hit, throw and catch for fun. The organizers anticipate forming two teams. To save a spot, email Mark Pritchard at mp@taosnet.com.

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