League softball to begin this spring

Softball season is knocking at the door and with it comes the debut of a new league for 13-16 year-old girls.

Registration is still being accepted for the new Lynn Junior/Senior Little League softball program that will be run out of Wyoma Little League but will be open to girls from throughout the city as well as those who live in neighboring Lynnfield. The new league will provide a place to play for girls who in the past would have moved up to Babe Ruth softball after aging out of Little League.

Greater Lynn Babe Ruth, faced with declining softball numbers in recent years, decided to end its softball program after Wyoma expressed interest in starting up a junior/senior division that would be open to all the girls in the city plus those from Lynnfield. The Babe Ruth program was run in-house at Breed’s Grace Rogato Field for many years, but a steadily declining number of Babe Ruth softball programs in the state meant the league did not have the option of interleague play when its numbers dropped.

Wyoma Little League president Tony Luciano said he’s hoping to have enough players to field three teams. The Lynn teams (which will include players from Lynnfield) will play against teams from Saugus, Swampscott, Marblehead, Peabody, Salem, Woburn and Wakefield. The overall division should have 15 teams, Luciano said.

The new arrangement does not apply to the younger girls who will continue to play for either Wyoma or the combined East Lynn/West Lynn/Pine Hill programs, depending on where they live. Luciano said the Little Leagues in the city have been great about providing contact information for the girls who graduated from their programs last year. Luciano said most of the girls have indicated they plan to play in the new league. He said Greater Lynn Babe Ruth has also reached out to the girls it had in its program last year, but the response has somewhat slower.

“The challenge is getting the word out about signups,” Luciano said, adding he’s hopeful that now that people are starting to turn their attention toward baseball and softball, the registration will pick up.

Tryouts for the new league (to determine how the teams will be split up) are being held this Saturday at Lynn Tech from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration will be accepted at that time or between 9 a.m. and noon that day at Tech.. More information can be found on Wyoma’s Facebook page (just search Wyoma Little League) or on its website at wyomalittleleague.com. Those interested can also email (wyomalittleleague@hotmail.com).

Luciano said he’s also still trying to get parents of players from outside Wyoma Little League to get involved in running the new league.