COLUMBIANA, OH- In an effort to try and take back what has been lost this spring, local high school baseball coaches have pulled together to create the Mahoning Valley HS Baseball League. The league will consist of several teams from the area including Columbiana, Lisbon, United, South Range, Liberty, Springfield and Western Reserve. Columbiana’s Head Coach, Ryan Wolf dicussed with us the importance of the MVHSBL. “The overall mission of our league is to give high school kids who missed their entire season the opportunity to play baseball coached by high school coaches.” says Wolf.
The league will have a “fall-ball” type feel to it as one of the main purposes is to gain repetitions in the box, and in the field. Pitching will be closely monitored in the initial weeks to build up arms as the season goes. Players from all years off high school are being encouraged to play, especially seniors who may long for one more time on their home field. Wolf also made mention that there may be some special games and plans in store for the Class of 2020.
One benefit for players is that they will have instruction from high school coaches who can in turn help them for what we can all be hopeful for a 2021 season. “Our number one priority are the kids. To make sure they are safe while at the same time getting an experience they will truly enjoy.” Wolf added.
The MVHSBL will join Youngstown Class B and Boardman Community Baseball in having their games broadcast streamed this summer on Your Sports Network (YSNLive.com). “As a baseball guy, I couldn’t be happier for kids in our area to be able to pick up and play. They were dealt a bad hand this spring, and I applaud the coaches and administrators for providing an alternative- especially for the seniors.” says YSN CEO, DJ Yokley.
The Mahoning Valley High School Baseball League is expected to begin in mid-June and play until late July.