Jackfish to replace Bat Boy with Ball Pig

WELLAND - The Welland Jackfish, Niagara's unique and exciting sports team, announced today that starting with the 2022 season, the traditional batboy will be replaced with a Ball Pig.

The Ball Pig, which will be selected by a local Niagara farm, will trot out game baseballs to the umpire before and during the game. The yet-to-be-named pig will don an official Welland Jackfish helmet and uniform and perform most of the same duties as the traditional batboy.

"When our batboy Carter retired after the 2021 season, we knew we had to find someone just as good," said Jackfish President Ryan Harrison. "When no one could come close to the speed and accuracy of Carter, we decided as a team to really go outside the box for our next batboy, and well settle for a ball boy and then not even a boy at all."

The Jackfish will hold a name the pig contest starting in April with the winner receiving a year's supply of pepperoni sticks and 2022 Season Tickets.

The #FunReturns to The Pond on Thursday, May 19th as the Jackfish open the show against the Brantford Red Sox. 2022 Season Memberships are on sale now for as low as $130, don't miss a second of the fun this season. Single-game tickets go on sale on Monday, February 28th at 9:00 am. Tickets can be purchased at wellandjackfish.com/2022 or by visiting the Welland Stadium Box Office during regular business hours.

The Welland Jackfish are a member of Canada’s best league, the Intercounty Baseball League. The over 100-year old summer league is one of the oldest baseball leagues in the world, with the league established in 1919, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. For more information, visit www.wellandjackfish.com or follow the Jackfish on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @wellandjackfish.