Springtime brings youth ball season

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Isabella Harris (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – High school softball and baseball are headed into playoff season, but youth ball is just kicking off for leagues around Cullman County.

The City of Good Hope recently opened its 2019 youth T-ball, baseball and softball season. Decked out in their new uniforms, the boys and girls were ready to get the season underway and to get their clean white pants dirty. 

Mayor Jerry Bartlett told the kids, “We know you are going to create a lot of lasting memories with you and your family.”

After the raising of the flag and a prayer, Bartlett turned the opening ceremony over to Parks and Rec Director Dana Dunagan, who announced that this year’s season is dedicated to Anthony Bailey who coached 17 seasons for both boys and girls.

Dunagan praised Bailey’s dedication and positivity saying, “He never argued, fussed or complained.”

Bailey threw out the first pitch and then instructed the young athletes to, “Play Ball!” The kids sprinted to their dugouts and got ready for their games scheduled with Hanceville. T-baller Isabella Harris, 3, was all smiles as mom Savannah Calvert helped her with her glove and bat bag. Isabella, who plays for the Astros, was excited for her first big game. 

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