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Peewee baseball in full swing in Bible Hill-Truro league

TRURO – The sun shone down on Stanfield’s Ball Diamond as Will MacGillivray kicked off the mound and threw a strike down the heart of the plate.

At the ripe age of 12, MacGillivray and his teammates on the Pizza Delight Red Sox are taking the next step in learning the game, transitioning to bigger lead-offs and a steeper mound in peewee baseball.

Ten games into the season, the kid is showing no signs of discomfort on the mound.

“It’s just baseball,” he said. “It’s a bit different this year, but it’s still the same game.”

Monday night’s game featured the second-place Red Sox taking on the third-place Dairy Queen Blue Jays. The Sox got out to an early lead and controlled the game most of the way through.

At this age, it’s not all about the numbers on the score sheet at the end of the game, said Sox manager Scott MacGillivray – Will’s father.

“It’s all about having fun playing the game,” Scott said. “Some of the kids are making the transition from mosquito ball to peewee, and some others are picking up the game for the first time. So we try to just keep it fun.”

While keeping it light is important, peewee is a major transition age in the game of baseball, where skills that go a long way in bantam start to take route.

“This is the age where we start to teach them how to play the game,” Scott said. “Mosquito is more about learning the rules and getting used to things. They know the game now, so it’s about learning to actually play.”

With 31 kids registered at the peewee level, the Bible Hill-Truro Minor Baseball Association runs a three-team league with a rep team to play against other towns. The younger MacGillivray and his Red Sox teammate Calem McAndrew are two members of the team.

“I just love baseball,” Calem said. “Everything about it. I love playing different positions and hitting and pitching. I just love the game.”

The kids get a chance to play all around the field, as they switch positions every two innings. The result has been a well-rounded group of young ball players, the coach said.

“The progress from the beginning of the year to now has been incredible,” Scott said. “The kids are a lot more comfortable playing the game now at a bunch of different spots on the field.”

MacGillivray’s Red Sox triumphed over their opponents on Monday night, winning by a 19-4 score. Will and Tanner Greaterex combined for eight K’s on the mound to share the victory.

At the plate, Greatorex and Chad Mingo picked up a double and a single apiece, while MacGillivray and Tyler Mabey had singles.

For the Jays, Luke Creelman and Max Ashton provided the offence with singles.

With a lot of years left in the game, Will and Calem already have their sights set on something bigger – following in the footsteps of their third base coach, Matt Mingo.

“We’d really like to play for the Bearcats someday, hopefully,” Calem said.

 

 

Organizations: Red Sox, Dairy Queen Blue Jays, Bible Hill-Truro Minor Baseball Association

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