With the snow, hopefully, counting to melt over the next couple of weeks, local athletes are getting excited about the baseball season.

Portage Minor Baseball's registration wrapped up last week, and president Evan Peppers says they're thrilled with the number of youngsters that will be involved.

"Our numbers are up, especially in that younger age group, from 9-13U. It's good to see that they want to play the sport," Peppers explains. "Hopefully, they want to stay in the sport, and grow with it. It's good for them to be out with their friends and learn a team activity."

Peppers says they should be fielding numerous teams at almost every age group.

"For the Rally Caps and Grand Slam, they'll have multiple teams. Same with 11U," Peppers continues. "13U will have about four teams. 15U and 18U will each have one team."

The president notes the 15U and 18U programs are typically combined with a few other regions and play under the Pembina Hills moniker. Peppers adds everyone is excited to get going, and he hopes they can get things started sooner rather than later.

"Hopefully, we can get kids into gyms soon. Being that we still have a lot of snow on the ground and the fields will be pretty wet for a while. So, hopefully, we can get at least the older kids into gyms," says Peppers. "We went to the BDO last year and did a couple of nights a week in there. We'll do some dryland training, and as soon as those fields are dried up, we'll get them out there."

For anyone whose child is on the fence about playing baseball, Peppers encourages you to bring them to a game and check out what it's all about.