From JUCO all the way down to little league, the recession is taking a swing at local baseball.
JUCO tournament chairman Jamie Hamilton says this year, less local businesses are cashing in on sponsorship packages, and local little league teams are feeling the pinch too.
Monument Little League president Toby Cruz says more and more sign sponsors are opting to sit this year out.
He says this year, not only is the league lacking money for field improvements and team sponsorships, but about one hundred children aren’t playing because their parents just can't afford it.
The league gives scholarships to many children, but with league money down, Cruz says it can only afford to sponsor so many.
As for JUCO, Hamilton says luckily its big enough that it can fund the difference for struggling smaller sponsors.
As well, JUCO is giving back to local charities this year.
But as for Monument Little League, the financial underdog is still looking for sponsors to come through in the clutch.
If you'd like to help sponsor a little leaguer this season, it's not too late; contact league president Toby Cruz at (970) 250-2868.