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NABA Westsound still looking for a few good men
All Scott A. Capestany wanted to do was continue to play baseball.
As soon as I hit 20, there just wasnt that much out there for people over the age of 20, Capestany said.
Now 39, Capestany finally is getting the chance to get back on the diamond.
Capestany, a North Kitsap entrepreneur whose business interests have ranged from film and television production to a taxi service he recently started, is applying his business know-how to the baseball realm, opening the doors on NABA Westsound, a mens adult recreational baseball league on the Olympic Peninsula.
Part of the National Adult Baseball Association, Capestany said he hopes the league will allow others like him to dust off their bats and gloves and take the field once more.
Its always been an interest of mine to have my own baseball league, Capestany said. And it gives that kind of opportunity.
An opportunity the area has been lacking, he said.
NABA officials agreed, and about three to four weeks after meeting in January, the league was born.
They think its a good location, Capestany said. Anyone that wants to play hardball would have to go catch a ferry to the other side. There was just nothing like that out here.
Capestany has coached baseball and basketball, mostly in the Lake Washington School District, and also was an assistant track coach at Central Kitsap High School.
He graduated from Redmond High and then competed in track at the University of Washington. But now, hes just glad to be back on the baseball field.
Spring would roll around, Capestany said, and Id always carry my bat and glove with me.
NABA, which also offers tournaments that take place across five days in locations such as Las Vegas for individual players, drew Capestany in during a business trip in Denver.
Thats kind of how I got hooked into this league, he said. I was doing a show in Denver with the (Colorado) Rockies. It was just baseball fever. At the time, I didnt have the time. Now I do.
Thats led to NABA Westsound, which Capestany said he hopes will encompass players across the Olympic Peninsula.
For its inaugural season, Capestany said the league, which is for ages 18 and older, hopes to field five teams with 12-to-14 players on each team.
Well also have the league 18-plus for the first year, Capestany said, adding that larger leagues such as NABA Seattle break up age divisions. Were gonna mix it up.
But the ultimate goal is to promote a fun, baseball-filled atmosphere for adults.
The leagues gonna be based on on a philosophy of just coming out, having a good time and being around guys that just love baseball, he said. The teams are going to be set up evenly so a 40-year-old is not going to be facing a 19-year-old pitcher just out of the high school season every time.
For its season, which will begin in mid-June and run through the first week or two of September, the league reached agreements to use both North Kitsap Babe Ruths fields as well as Legion Field in Bremerton.
The schedule will include 15-18 games as well as an all-star game, playoffs and a league championship.
While the league is still looking for more players, its also still got managerial vacancies.
Registration is $250 per player, covering liability insurance for the league, Olympic Peninsula Umpires Association umpires, field costs, lights when needed, league advertising and Web site maintenance, awards and baseballs.
For more information on the league or becoming a player or manager, visit NABA Westsound at www.naba.statdepot.com/WestSound/default.aspx.