28 teams, 300 kids enjoy summer ball program

It takes community support and volunteers to be able to offer area kids the opportunity to play ball through the summer, said league coordinator Morris Jenkins.
“On behalf of Gainesville School, I would like to say thanks to players, parents and families, Lions Club, Bakersfield, all the volunteers and to our community in general for the support of our summer baseball and softball league. The league gives our kids the opportunity to play the games, learn the rules, and develop skills at an age appropriate level. Through participation, we hope the kids develop values of respect, sportsmanship and responsibility while enjoying the games of baseball and softball.  Without the help of many people our kids wouldn’t have this opportunity.”

<p>The Gainesville Bulldogs were the champions of the summer ball league 10- to 12-year-old boys division. Members of the team are, from left, (front) Jake Leeker, Camden Evans, Andrew Hambelton, Tristan Wages. Back: Quinton Donley, coach Joe Donley, Caden Billingsley, Andrew Dalton, Bryce Hambelton, Andrew Ault.</p>

<p>The Gainesville Bulldogs were co-champions, along with Bakersfield, of the summer league 6- to 8-year-old girls division. Members of the team are, from left, (front) BreAnna Rowland, Calli Oldenburg, Sarah Van Meter, Amie Winrod, Emma Donley. Back: Coach Joe Donley, Laney Suter, Andrea Winrod, Lilly Winrod, Hannah Lynne.</p>

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