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      Ottumwa Little League sign-ups set to begin

      With all the snowstorms in the heartland lately, it's hard to even fathom baseball season. However, it's just around the corner with Ottumwa Little League sign-ups beginning this upcoming Saturday.

      American, National, and Midwest Little Leagues will hold sign-ups the next couple of Saturdays: February 15th and 22nd as well as March 2nd.

      The sign-ups will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside MC Sports at the Quincy Place Mall.

      Any child that is six-years-old through 12-years-old with an interest in baseball is eligible.

      Eric Sandegren is in charge of sign-ups and said the winter weather should not detract interest from the sign-ups.

      "With it being really cold and snow on the ground, its hard to get enthused about baseball, but it is time to start," said Sandegren. "And people need to start thinking about it."

      Sandegren expects the National League to field 11 teams and said fundraising efforts will commence with sign-ups.