Former SK standout chosen to play on Olympic qualifying team

USA Baseball, in conjunction with Major League Baseball, has announced that the United States will be the host country for the 2005 CONCEBE Baseball Regional Olympic Qualifying Tournament, to be held Nov. 15-19 in Phoenix, Ariz.

And former South Kitsap High School standout Travis Hanson has been selected to be a member of the 24-man roster, which is made up of professional, non-25-man roster players of the 30 Major League Baseball organizations.

Hanson, a 1999 SK grad, hit .284 with 20 homers and 97 RBI for the Double-A Springfield Cardinals of the Texas League this summer after missing much of last season with a broken leg.

The third baseman is currently playing for the Surprise Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League, hitting .250 with one homer and eight RBI through 22 games.

Six countries from North and Central America are slated to compete in Arizona, with the top four finishers advancing to the Americas Olympic Qualifier in Havana, Cuba, in August, 2006.

This is the first-ever baseball event with Olympic-qualifying implications held in the United States.

• SKSLL looking to fill positions for upcoming season: The South Kitsap Southern Little League is now taking applications to fill managers and board member positions for the 2006 little league season.

The league is also interested in receiving feedback about forming a girls softball program.

League president Glenn Payton would like to have all comments and suggestions in by Jan. 10. Registration kits can be found at

Managers, coaches and umpires can mail resumes to P.O. Box 86, Olalla, WA 98359.

• SK Babe Ruth seeking new members: The South Kitsap Babe Ruth Baseball Association Board is seeking new members for the upcoming 2006 season. The next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the SAARS Marketplace conference room located on the corner of SE Mile Hill and Olney.

The meeting is open to the public.

For more information please contact Dawn Ricketson at (360) 876-1676.

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