REGIONAL COMMISSIONER ELECTED
Congratulations to Jerry Bodden who is the newest member of the Babe Ruth League Board of Directors. Jerry was recently elected to take over the position of Pacific Northwest Regional Commissioner due to the retirement of longtime volunteer Gord Welbourne. Jerry has been involved with the Babe Ruth League program for more than 45 years, serving as a Coach and Board Member for the Lewiston Babe Ruth League, as a District and State Commissioner for Idaho, and as an Assistant Regional Commissioner.
The annual spring meeting will be held April 20th & 21st, 2017 at the Ramada Inn in Spokane, WA, which is located across the street from the airport.
GORD WELBOURNE HONORED!
Gord Welbourne with President/CEO Steven Tellefsen, and Chairman of the Board James Wagoner.
Congratulations to outgoing Regional Commissioner Gord Welbourne who was honored at the Babe Ruth Board Meeting in October. He was acknowledged and recognized for his service and dedication to Babe Ruth League as the PNW Regional Commissioner and Babe Ruth League Board Member, and his retirement from those positions. Thanks to Gord and Carol Welbourne for all they have done for the PNW Region!
The 2016 Annual Spring Meeting was held on April 21st & 22nd at Harrah’s Resort & Casino in Reno, Nevada.
The Region acknowledges the dedication and support of the recipients of the Pacific Northwest Region’s Roll of Honor Awards.
The following individuals received the 2016 Roll of Honor Awards:
John Van Allen, Wyoming Babe Ruth State Commissioner, has been involved in the Babe Ruth program since 1969. His dedication and passion for the development of the youth in his State is unsurpassed and his efforts have not gone unnoticed by his peers.
Jack Laub, South Washington Assistant State Commissioner, has been involved since 1987 and has been an avid and strong supporter of the Babe Ruth program.
Under his leadership Hazel Dell-Metro has won a total of 18 Babe Ruth 13-15 Regional and 4 World Series Championships, as well as finishing in 2nd place twice and 3rd place one. He willingly and skillfully accepts any challenge presented to him at any level of the program.
Jim Thomas, Southern Washington Assistant State Commissioner, has been involved since 1993. Jim has continually demonstrated his tireless support of the program, not only in his community of Centralia/Chehalis but throughout the South Washington region as well.
25-Year Service Pins were presented to John Tennant, Regional Umpire Consultant, and to Alan Odenborg, Idaho State Commissioner.
Pacific Northwest Regional Membership - April 2016
Front Row (left to right) Dan Riley, Don Young, Mike Sturgeon, Ron Clack, Peter Stoochnoff, Gord Welbourne, Carol Welbourne
Back Row (left to right) Kay Blakney, Jerry Bodden, John Van Allen, Butch Hert, Randy Boruff, Alan Odenborg, Jarl Opgrande, Bruce McEvoy, Brent Stenman, Todd Wagner, Tony Searls, and John Tennant
Absent: Mike Cummings, Ray Lopez and Ray Pearson,
Jim Lemp, former Pacific Northwest Regional Commissioner, (1983 - 1999) passed away in February 2016.
Jim Walling, former Montana State Commissioner, passed away in April 2016
SANDLOT TO THE BIG LEAGUES...
Ryan Blakney, Major League Umpire, started his career in1992 as a Batboy for his older brother’s 15 year old All Star team that won State & Regionals gaining entry to the Babe Ruth 15 Year Old World Series.
In 1994, Wenatchee Youth Baseball chartered with Cal Ripken Baseball and he was in the Rookie League and continued to play Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth Baseball.
When Ryan was 11 he broke his arm and couldn’t play some of the year. His mom was in charge of the umpires and asked him if he would umpire a rookie league game. When he found out he would get paid $5.00 a game he was hooked.
He continued to umpire Cal Ripken, then Babe Ruth, then High School and Community College games. After he graduated from Wenatchee Valley Community College he went to the Jim Evans Umpire School in Florida in 2006, and was invited to go to PBUC School (Professional Baseball Umpire Corp.), one of 50 asked out of 250. After graduating he umpired in many leagues including the Arizona Rookie League, the Northwest League, the Midwest League, the Carolina League, the California League, the Texas League and eventually to the Pacific Coast League. In 2015 he was assigned a major league umpire number and was made one of the five rovers for the PCL. A rover fills in for an injured or vacationing major league umpire. In 2016 he continues to be a rover and as of May 7, 2016, he has umpired over 100 major league games.
Ryan is the son of Phil & Kay Blakney of Wenatchee, WA. Kay is the Assistant Regional Commissioner of the Cal Ripken Division, Pacific Northwest Babe Ruth Baseball.
Ryan Blakney umpiring his first plate job in San Diego
Ryan Blakney, 15-Year-Old Babe Ruth Player
Batboy Ryan with Mom, Kay Blakney
Please see the following link for instruction on how to convert your field for Cal Ripken:
Diamond Conversion for Cal Ripken Leagues
Please see the following link for information about the Coaches Certification Program:
Coaches Certification Program