Summer Baseball Thunders through Rosebud Communities

There are very few opportunities on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota for youth to learn and play organized baseball. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Rosebud took that information, turned it into an opportunity, and started their very own baseball league called Thunder League Baseball! This league is a way to teach youth on the reservation how to play and enjoy baseball over the summer months. This summer, there were seven teams and over 80 youth that participated in the league. The season-ending tournament came to a close with two teams, Sunrise and Mission, facing off for the championship title. Mission came out on top with a score of 13-7 over Sunrise. However it was Sunrise player Preston B., who has been an active player for the Sunrise team for the past four years, that earned the honor of Thunder Player of the Year for being the team member that was the closest to hitting an out-of-the-park home run.

Andrew Haines, Boys & Girls Clubs of Rosebud-Antelope Site Director, felt that the Thunder League was a huge success this year. He offered praise to Preston and all the boys that were dedicated to being true team players. Haines commented that “the goal is to bring baseball back to every community in the Rosebud Reservation,” and they got one step closer this year by adding the Okreek and Swift Bear communities.

Congratulations to the Mission team, Preston B., and all of the Rosebud staff and youth that were dedicated to making this a great season for Thunder League Baseball!

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