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Take me out to the ballfield…

Jordan Thomas heads to first base with the assistance of volunteer Ashley Tate. | Clif Knight
Jordan Thomas heads to first base with the assistance of volunteer Ashley Tate. | Clif Knight

Home Runs and Family Fun caps big season with picnic

Clif Knight

Hartselle Enquirer

 

A picnic-style sports banquet complete with Boston butt barbecue and individual trophies for 70 softball players capped another successful season for Home Runs and Family Fun at Sparkman School Thursday evening.

“With the support of three local churches and four corporate sponsors, we were able to do something special for our players, coaches and volunteers this year,’ said Dee Walker, who headed up the outdoor banquet. “ This is a celebration of a community coming together to say thank you to a bunch of special kids who love softball and play their hearts out every Thursday, and to recognize the many parents and volunteers who support them.”

Walker said Flint Baptist, Gum Springs Baptist and New Center Baptist Churches provided sides and desserts for the banquet meal, Polyplex USA furnished the barbecue and Pepsi Cola in Decatur supplied the canned drinks. It’s Your Day and Hartselle Sporting Goods also served as sponsors.

Polyplex donated a backdrop for photos of players with their trophies and new softballs for the players. Plant manager Ravi Singhal and employee Angela Wilson also presented league founder and manager Cam Harris with an engraved plaque in recognition of her vision and leadership.

“While many improvements have been made on the playing field since the league was organized seven year ago, we still have need for improvements,” said Walker.
“We feel the more people who know abut us and what we are doing for the kids, the better are our chances of getting more financial support.”

The league played a one-inning round robin game before the banquet. Each player on the four teams had the opportunity to hit the ball at least once and score a run. In a normal game, the teams play each other two innings. No score is kept. The fun is in everyone getting to hit, run the bases and score runs. Players range in age from five to 30.

Home Runs and Family Fun has experienced steady growth since its beginning, according to Harris.

“We had 28 players our first year,” Harris pointed out. “This year we had 70 players. We welcome newcomer players from throughout the county and are always in need of more volunteers. Admission is free.”

Anyone desiring additional information, can reach Harris through the Sparkman School office at  256-773-6466.

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