2020 President's Welcome Note

UpdatedMonday January 6, 2020 byBrandi Cole.

January 2020

Dear Kennewick National Youth Baseball family and sponsors,

   I would like to welcome you to the 2020 baseball season at KNYB! I am privileged to welcome back our returning ballplayers and families and very excited to meet all of our new members! We are all looking forward to another fun filled season of baseball this year! 

   This year we are committed to continuing to provide a fun, safe, and positive learning environment for all league members. The philosophy at KNYB is to focus on high level baseball instruction in a healthy learning environment, while teaching critical life lessons to our future community leaders. Join us as we enjoy the wonderful game of baseball being played by all of our favorite ball players! Please volunteer to help whenever you can, as we all strive to provide a great experience for the youth of our community!

   I am extremely proud of the many accomplishments that our league players had in 2019. Throughout 2019 regular season play, inter league play, and post season play KN has always been very well represented by the level of play and caliber of character in our young athletes. KN teams at every age level had many great accomplishments during post season play last year, including our 11 year old All Stars playing well at State and Regionals, our 10 year old's having a strong State Tournament showing, our 9 year old All Star team also did well, taking 2nd at their age groups State tournament. The 8 year old group played well all summer as well, taking 2nd at KN's annual Fun in The Sun Tournament and then winning the championship at KN's Feel the Heat Tournament! All Star play ultimately led to our 12 year old team advancing to the Cal Ripken Baseball World Series in Visalia, California after going undefeated at State and Regionals. The KN 12 year old All Star team beat Guam to win the Iron Man bracket championship and were a great example of Kennewick National Youth Baseball in the process of competing for a national title. We are extremely proud of all of these young athletes, and as our 12's move on in their athletic careers we will be enthusiastically cheering them on and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.    

   We had many improvement projects done at the facilities this year as well! Removal of trees along 4th Avenue will save the league money annually as well as provide a safe environment for our children, void of falling tree branches. Our bathroom remodel project was completed with the help of many local donors, and will be appreciated for many years to come! Soil is being continually added to our playing surfaces as well. Most recently field #3 was given new surface material containing high levels of clay in order to improve playability, and fields 1 and 2 are being scheduled for more dirt this spring! Field #2 has been converted to accommodate 70 foot base paths and give us the ability to host tournaments at the Major 70 level.  Dugouts, batting helmet shelving, dugout benches, and newly donated garbage bins all received a fresh coat of paint as well. We will continue to improve all of the facilities, and will always strive to create the best possible experience for our league members.   

Go KN and let's PLAY BALL!!!     

Thank you,

Andy Mengelos

President, Kennewick National Youth Baseball