Fall ball coming to Bowie

Youth baseball players in Bowie will be lacing up their cleats for a second time this year as the first-ever fall baseball league gets underway.

The deadline to sign-up is fast approaching, with forms due no later than 5 p.m. on Sept. 29. Registration forms can be picked up and returned to Fashion Floors, 202 N. Smythe St. or Margaret Hutson Realty, 200 N. Smythe St.

Players will be placed on teams based on their age as of May 1, 2018. Age divisions are as follows: Co-ed T-Ball, four-years-old; T-Ball, five and six; 5-Pitch, seven and eight; Midget, nine and 10; Little League, 11 and 12 and Pony, 13 and 15.

The cost is $30 and the draft will be Oct. 1. All games will be played starting at noon on Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28. The days for practices will be left up to the coaches.

“We just didn’t have a fall league, so I took a Facebook survey to see if anyone would be interested and we had a ton of people who wanted to play,” said Brandon Rodriguez, who is helping with the league, which is a part of the Bowie Sports Association.

Rodriguez said the 2017 fall season will be a shorter season, but if enough players sign up it will be extended next year.

“The new league is a great opportunity to keep kids playing ball and staying sharp for the Spring,” said Rodriguez.