The Park City High School baseball team won't be the only baseball team in action in Park City today.
The Avalanche youth baseball teams are also going to be busy, fielding 27 games split between PCHS, Treasure Mountain Middle School and City Park Field.
This will be the first year Park City will be able to host such a big baseball day, thanks to the rapidly-growing number of youth baseball participants in the city.
James Agnew, president of the Avalanche program, said the high school team has been a huge help in growing the number of youth baseball players from 36 in 2011 to 71 in 2012 to 105 this year.
"I give (PCHS) Coach (Lou) Green all the credit," he said. "Ever since he came in (three years ago), he's wanted to invest in the youth program so that the future classes at the high school would be strong. With his help, along with the help of Mike Morgan and several other members of the high school coaching staff, we've started building the program and getting more and more competitive teams."
But, Agnew added, the program isn't done expanding.
"The perfect goal would be to have two competitive teams per age group," he said. "Three of the age groups have two teams, which leaves three or four more age groups to add another team."
He expects youth enthusiasm about baseball to continue as long as the high school team keeps competing at a high level.
"It totally helps that the varsity is leading the way by winning Region," he said. "We're getting a lot of enthusiasm. I still get emails today about kids wanting to join the programs even though we're four weeks into the season."
The baseball community has plenty of role models to look up to, according to Agnew, who said PCHS senior Mark Trevino is a good player for kids to emulate.
"Him getting a scholarship (to play baseball at University of Redlands) really inspires our teams," he said.
But for now, the Avalanche program is focused on making sure today's games go off without a hitch. On Thursday, Agnew said there were still a couple issues that needed to be fixed.
"We have so many games, we're having trouble finding umpires," he joked.
Umpires from Salt Lake City are expected to come to Park City to fill in, though, so Agnew is sure there won't be any problems for the event, which he hopes will continue to grow the sport of baseball in town.
"It's great to see," he said of the increasing numbers of players and fans. "This is a ski town, but now it seems like baseball is coming back."
Saturday Baseball Schedule
Park City High School Fields
Little League Field: 9U
Softball Field: 12U
Treasure Mountain Junior High School Fields:
East Field: 8U
South Field: 10U
Pony Field (North): 14U
City Park Field, Park City
Softball Field: 11U