Sports Sidelines - April 25

Posted 4/25/19

Pitch, Hit and Run Competition for area youth takes place on Saturday (April 27), starting at 11 a.m. at Taos Little League Field at Kit Carson Park.

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Sports Sidelines - April 25

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Pitch, Hit and Run Competition for area youth takes place on Saturday (April 27), starting at 11 a.m. at Taos Little League Field at Kit Carson Park. Hosted by the town of Taos Community Events, Taos Youth and Family Center, Taos Little League and Taos Men’s Adult Baseball League (MABL), the Major League Baseball-style competition is free and open to boys and girls ages 7-14. Parents, bring a copy of our child’s birth certificate or religious document to show proof of age.

This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball/softball skills. Competitors are divided into four age divisions, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including team championships at major league ballparks and the National Finals during the 2019 MLB All-Star Week. Age is determined as of July 17, 2019. Registration forms will be available at the competition or in advance, at Taos Youth and Family Center. For questions, contact Judy Esquibel at (575) 751-2037 or jesquibel@taosgov.com.

Field Institute of Taos' Bike Swap takes place on Sunday (April 28) from noon to 4 p.m. Buy and sell bikes, accessories and outdoor gear at Field Institute of Taos Base Camp, 9D Ben Romero Road, El Prado. Learn about the Taos Area High School Mountain Bike Team and about the local all-ages, all-abilities Team FITaos. All proceeds go to the high school team and Team FITaos. Free. Contact Field Institute of Taos’ Susie Fiore at info@fitaos.org or (575) 770-2391. Visit fitaos.org.

Men's competitive baseball league is forming for men 18 years and older. The cost for the season is $60, which includes insurance, baseballs and Men's Senior Baseball League national registration. Games are held at the Taos High School baseball field; the first game is in late May against a team from Trinidad, Colorado. Registration will be held at the Taos Youth and Family Center on May 19 from 11 a.m. to noon. Contact Eric Welch at ewelch919@gmail.com if you have questions or are interested in volunteering as an umpire.

A free, noncompetitive baseball league for 55+ seniors is forming in Taos. It’s fun, pickup-style baseball on the high school field for both men and women. Show up when you can on Sunday afternoons – from June to September, and play within your comfort range. Reserve a spot by sending an email to Mark Pritchard at mp@taosnet.com.

La Junta Trail Closure: The Bureau of Land Management Taos Field Office is continuing the closure of the La Junta Trail at the Wild Rivers Recreation Area. La Junta Point Overlook and Campground will remain open during this time. Visitors can access the River Trail and the lower parts of the canyon from the Little Arsenic Springs Trail or Big Arsenic Springs Trail. The BLM asks the public to respect the closure of the trails. For more information, contact the BLM Taos field office at (575) 758-8851.

Children's Fishing Derby takes place on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Maverick Campground, Cimarron Canyon State Park. Free to all children ages 3 to 11. Free T-shirts and goody bags to first 100 entrants. Registration form for all children will need to be completed. Call (575) 377-1594 or (575) 377-6271.

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