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Thursday Sandlot Fun Days (Summer 2022)- UPDATED 8/11/22

Through summer 2022 until August 11, 2022, Thursdays are Sandlot Fun Days, and they are living up to their name. 

With the Summer heat hitting town, starting July 14 we are going to have Sandlot Fun Days at the following times:

  • 6 pm- Rookies (Coach pitch for our youngest or least experienced players)
  • 6:30 pm - Softball
  • 7 pm to 9 pm- Baseball

Like a pickup game in any sport, it all starts with showing up.  There are no coaches or organized teams, just players.  We will have volunteers to supervise and to provide equipment. 

Every Sandlot Thursday will be its own party, and every party is about having fun and just playing.    Could be full games, could be games like Tiger ball (games setup to be played with less than 9 players a team), or could even be other games (Golden Glove, Home Run Derby, etc).  With three fields (Fields 2-4), we can have up to three different types of games going, depending on how many and who show up. 

No Little League party would be complete without the Snack Shack.  Thanks to Sue Quinn and her crew, the Snack Shack will be open for fueling and refreshing players, volunteers, and spectators during Sandlot Fun Days.

For families that haven’t already, you can email pendletonlittleleague@gmail.com for more information for kids and parents interested in playing or volunteering for Sandlot Thursdays.  Those that have already signed up, make sure you have downloaded the SportsEngine app (available in both Apple and Google Stores) as that is how you can receive the most updated information and updates.

Thank you to everyone that responded and let’s get this party started. 

-Your Pendleton Little League Board

Sandlot Fun Days (Coming, Summer 2022)

The 2022 PLL Season has come to an end. While some will continue playing through All Stars or Travel Clubs, others may still want to play and not have the opportunity.

For those, Pendleton Little League will be starting up Sandlot Fun Days (https://www.littleleague.org/play-little-league/sandlot-fun-days/) for this summer (June-August). This will be no cost to those that registered for the 2022 Pendleton Little League Season. It will be one evening during the week where the players can come to the Pendleton Little League Park and play pickup games. We will be doing this for baseball, but if there is enough interest, we may also be able to do it for softball and rookies, as well.

If your family is interested in Sandlot Fun Days, please email pendletonlittleleague@gmail.com. Include in the email the names of your player(s), and which sport (baseball, softball, or rookie). If you are interested in helping with Sandlot Fun Days, just include that in your email as well.

Once we know who is interested, we will add you to a "Summer Sandlot" team in the SportsEngine app, where we will provide you more information and dates.

If we don't see you at the park, have a great summer and thank you for making our 2022 season possible.

2022 Pendleton Little League All Stars For District 3 Tournament

Congrats to our 2022 Major boys baseball All-Star team that will be representing at the District 3 Tournament in Burns, OR (June 25-30)!  What an honor to be representing Pendleton. Good Luck to all of the players. Pendleton will be cheering you!

10-11-12 BASEBALL:

  • PLAYERS
    • Jamyson Bartell
    • Colton Bird
    • Jacob Bostwick
    • Wesley Browning
    • Grayson English
    • Jace Hales
    • Atticus Hearn-Duncan
    • Tucker Kuza 
    • Tanner Morgan
    • Gage Olson
    • Landon Schofield
    • Elijah Smidt
    • Riley Williams
    • Colston Zimmerman
  • MANGER/COACHES
    • Eric Smidt (Manager)
    • Josh English (Coach)
    • Brian Zimmerman (Coach)

When we posted to our Facebook page about only being able to send one All Star team to the District Tournament this year, it prompted a heated debate about the cause.  As the debate appeared spiraled towards pitting families and neighbors against each other, we removed our post. 

The simple truth is there were not enough applicants to field a team other than 10-11-12 baseball.   Being an All Star and representing your home is an honor and privilege, but it is also a significant commitment for both the players and their family.  At a minimum this year, it requires at least a month of practice and the costs of traveling to and staying in Burns, OR.   Should the team do well, the player and family could be in Burns a week before moving on to the State tournament a month later, or if not, they could be back in Pendleton after two days. 

Every player and their families have the right to make their own decision whether to apply.  We all have our own circumstances to consider, and we will not make our decisions for the same reasons.  What matters is that together we were able to have our first full little league season in almost three years. 

For those that are frustrated, it is because we care.  Frustration is simply feeling powerless about what we care about.  It can be a great motivator, but it can also be harmful when it ruins what we have built, including our relationships.  When we make this mistake, we must step back and remember that we are not perfect, and neither is anyone else.

This is called the greatest game because it is just that, only a game.  It is meant for the fun and enjoyment of all that play, volunteer, or even watch.  Thank you to every player, parent, and volunteer that made this possible.  We celebrate everything that went well, and we own everything that did not. 

To everyone that is imperfect and frustrated, there will always be a place for you with the rest of us “imperfect” and “frustrated” souls of Pendleton Little League.

 

Thank you for a great 2022,

Your Pendleton Little League Board

2022- Thank You, Wildhorse Foundation.

To all the friends, families, and supporters of Pendleton Little League,

They say every cloud has a silver lining, and thanks to the Wildhorse Foundation we know it to be true.

As many are aware, the Pendleton Little League Park has four fields, each with its own outdoor lighting to allow games to be played at night. These light fixtures and bulbs are at least a decade old, if not much older. Unfortunately, over time the lighting system has deteriorated as bulbs have dimmed or burned out and fixtures have broken. This last fall, one of our infamous local windstorms knocked down the right field lights to one of our baseball fields. Unfortunately, it has gotten to the point where maintaining the old light system no longer makes sense and new light fixtures are needed. Without the new fixtures, we would be in a position of having to determine whether we could continue to play night games on some, if not all of our fields.

However, the Wildhorse Foundation has awarded to Pendleton Little League a $20,000 grant to make these new light fixtures a reality. The grant will pay for almost all the cost and allow installation of newer, brighter, and more cost efficient light fixtures for all fields. These new light fixtures are starting to be installed by Gordon's Electric (Pendleton, Oregon) and will be installed and ready by our 2022 Opening Day on April 2.

A sincere thank you to Wildhorse Foundation for its support of not only Pendleton Little League, but also for all of its efforts to support our community and families.

Sincerely,

The 2022 Pendleton Little League Board:
Monte Ludington, President
Eric Smidt, Vice President
Billi Jones, Treasurer
Heather Smidt, Secretary
Niki Kuza, Information Officer
Tierny Lehnies, Safety Officer
Jeremy Bird, Field Maintenance Supervisor
Natasha Browning, Sponsorship/Ad
Laura Skirvin, Sponsorship/Ad
Zack Dong, Umpire/Coach Coordinator
Ashley Armstrong, Softball Player's Agent
Chance Norquist, Baseball Player's Agent

June 17 PLL All-Star BBQ Celebration & Fundraiser!

Please come and support your 10-11-12 yoa Baseball All-Star team as they head to the Little League District 3 Tournament held June 25-30 in Burns, OR!  This will be held at our Pendleton Little League Park from 5:30-7:30pm, Friday, June 17th:

  • Hamburgers, chips & drink for $5.
  • Pre-ticket sale from your local All-Star player or buy a ticket at the PLL Park before the dinner.
  • Enjoy a fun game of baseball between the parents and players
  • Proceeds support the players as well as PLL.

10-11-12 BASEBALL:

  • PLAYERS
    • Jamyson Bartell
    • Colton Bird
    • Jacob Bostwick
    • Wesley Browning
    • Grayson English
    • Jace Hales
    • Atticus Hearn-Duncan
    • Tucker Kuza (out due to injury)
    • Tanner Morgan
    • Gage Olson
    • Landon Schofield
    • Elijah Smidt
    • Riley Williams
    • Colston Zimmerman
  • MANGER/COACHES
    • Eric Smidt (Manager)
    • Josh English (Coach)
    • Brian Zimmerman (Coach)