SPRINGVILLE – The result was inevitable, a Springville baseball win. At least three times during the Springville Youth Inc. summer senior baseball schedule the two Springville teams play one another. The second of those two meetings happened last week with the Springville Yankees beating the Springville White Sox June 9.
The undefeated Yankees (4-0) now hold a 2-0 series edge over the White Sox (2-3) in the senior division comprised of 13-to-16-year-olds. The teams will square off one more time July 14 in the regular season before meeting for the Springville championship July 21. That winner will face the Pioneer champion in an overall cross-town championship game July 28. In addition to the two Springville teams, three other teams from Arcade, Chaffee-Sardinia and Delevan-Machias battle for the July 22 Pioneer title.
The not-for-profit organization runs five baseball programs during the summer to accommodate diverse ages and groups that include tee-ball, rookies, major and challenger divisions in addition to senior ball and has been operating since 1940.
“It’s nice to see the kids mature into better baseball players,” Yankees’ coach Tim Komenda, who has been coaching SYI for a decade, said “It’s also kind of neat to see them before they can tie their shoes in tee-ball to be able to play a good game of baseball.”
With funding for SYI coming from the Town of Concord, Village of Springville and participant fees, its mission is to stimulate community interest and involvement in planned, organized and supervised recreation activities, discover and interpret community recreation needs and develop a quality recreation and youth service program to best meet the needs of the community.
SYI works very closely with local government entities, as well as the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District, to provide numerous sporting programs for children ranging in age from 5-21 years, the organization also coordinates its efforts with other public or private organizations to enhance its social and recreation programs.
The ongoing success of SYI is contingent upon volunteers from within the community and its summer programs in addition to baseball include sports camps, swimming lessons and arts and crafts. Run by a youth board that meets the first Tuesday of the month at Springville’s fire hall, SYI also runs programs throughout the year focusing on accessibility, affordability and community interest.