Batter up!

By Joyce Ervin

Rain fell for days before the opening season for the Milan Youth Baseball League’s opening day.  Board members and others worked all night on the fields so games could be played the following morning.  Mother Nature shined on the event and young people lined up for the opening parade.
It went without a hitch.  People stood on the sidewalks and cheered the teams on as they made their way from Marble Memorial Methodist Church to the fields on Neckel Court.
Before the games started, Mayor Michael Armitage addressed the players and parents. He thanked the volunteers for all the work they do to make the program a success and for preparing the fields.  He said, “The community would not be able to provide such high-quality programming without the work of the youth league in partnership with the city.”
A couple of things happened before the competition took place. T-shirts were tossed in the air and lucky players caught one.  Mayor Michael Armitage threw the first pitch and then accompanied his son, Landon, who threw the first softball pitch.
Lots of chatter on social media and pictures posted by proud parents summed up what a great event it was.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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