Soon sounds of baseball cracking off bats will be flowing through Fairview and Uphill districts of the Heritage City as Nelson Baseball Association begins another season of diamond play.Registration, which has climbed again for the fourth consecutive season, for the 2014 season closed Tuesday.Now it’s up to the NBA board to select teams, which is scheduled to be completed by Monday (April 7).Two players not waiting for the snow to leave the diamonds at Queen Elizabeth and Lions Parks, are Quin Hall and Brendan Martel. Hall just returned from a winter baseball tournament in Phoenix Arizona during spring break. The Nelson Little League player was picked up the BC Big League Experience team that recruited players (14 year old) from the Lower Mainland and Okanagan. BLE finished third place with a 4-2 record. The tournament attracted teams from throughout United States. Meanwhile, Brendan Martel has been chosen to play with the West Kelowna Diamondbacks in the BC AAA midget baseball league this season. Martel’s season started this past weekend in the Best of the West tournament held in Kamloops. West Kelowna started the weekend with a 12-1 win over Sherwood park on Friday but came up short against the North Shore Twins, Badlands Baseball Academy and Okotoks Dawgs. The Dawgs brought 60 players(2 teams) so their bull pen was very deep. Martel went 6 for 11 at the plate and played catcher and second base. The Diamondbacks play in a 12 team BC AAA league.
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