This week in Saanich Sports (April 10-16): Baseball season returns with opening day

Victoria Eagles open B.C. Premier League Baseball season, 11:30 a.m. Saturday (April 11) vs. Nanaimo Pirates at Lambrick Park

The Victoria Eagles are honouring former pitching coach Roy Moretti by unveiling a bullpen bench in his memory at Lambrick Park during opening ceremonies Saturday. His engraving will live on at the new bullpen.

The Victoria Eagles are honouring former pitching coach Roy Moretti by unveiling a bullpen bench in his memory at Lambrick Park during opening ceremonies Saturday. His engraving will live on at the new bullpen.

Saanich baseball is back in a big way this weekend.

The Victoria Eagles B.C. Premier League Baseball team opens the season at home, beginning 11:30 a.m. Saturday (April 11) with a double-header against the Nanaimo Pirates at Lambrick Park. On Sunday  the Eagles welcome the Parksville Royals, starting at noon.

In conjunction with opening day, the Eagles will partner with Gordon Head at Lambrick Park Baseball Association for opening ceremonies at 10:30 a.m., featuring a few words from Mayor Richard Atwell and a first pitch by former MLB pitcher Steve Sinclair. The Eagles will also be unveiling a bullpen bench dedicated to the memory of long-time local player and pitching coach Roy Moretti.

Lakehill Little League opens its season bright and early with opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by a host of games through the day.

Across town, Layritz Little League launches its 2015 season with opening ceremonies at 12 p.m. while on Sunday, April 12, Hampton Little League opens its season.

High school senior badminton action heats up in Saanich Tuesday, April 14. Two all-Saanich match-ups have Reynolds visiting nearby Pacific Christian School and St. Michaels University School hosting Claremont. Spectrum Community School also hosts Glenlyon Norfolk School and St. Andrew’s visits Edward Milne. On Thursday, April 16, Reynolds hosts Vic High, PCS visits St. Andrews, Spectrum is at Edward Milne, SMUS is at Oak Bay, and Mount Douglas travels to Claremont. All games start at 3:45 p.m.

On the high school rugby pitch, the focus is on Saanich this week for the senior girls league. Spectrum Community School hosts three teams from around the region April 17, with play starting at 3 p.m., while Reynolds Secondary also hosts three teams and Mount Douglas welcomes four teams.

In top-flight lacrosse action, the Saanich Tigers Midget A takes on Campbell River in a 3 p.m. game Sunday, April 12 at Panorama Rec Centre. The local squad follows up Wednesday, April 15, hosting Cowichan Valley Midget A at Panorama at 7:30 p.m.

Camosun College Chargers Basketball Program is hosting its annual Player ID Camps for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. Men’s camp is today (April 10 ) and tomorrow, while the women’s camp is the following weekend, April 17 and 18. Details at camosun.ca/sports.

For Saanich football fans, the Westshore Rebels Football Club is starting to look for billets for the 2015 season. Billets will receive $600 monthly and season tickets.

Email billets@westshorerebels.ca.

– Devon Gall is an avid sports fan and athlete attending Grade 12 at Mount Douglas secondary school.