More than 350 kids participated in summer ball league
“Without the help of many people, the kids wouldn’t have this opportunity.”
Morris Jenkins, league coordinator
Almost 350 local children participated in this year’s summer ball program. Thirty-one teams – 21 from Gainesville, nine from Bakersfield and one from Dora –competed in the league, which is open to all children ages 4 to 13.
“On behalf of Gainesville School I would like to say thanks to players, parents, families, Gainesville Lions Club, the Bakersfield and Dora teams, many volunteers and the community in general for the support of our summer baseball and softball league for the kids,” said Morris Jenkins, who served as league coordinator, along with Cody Swearengin. “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, the kids wouldn’t have this opportunity. “
These teams placed first in their division: coach-pitch girls, Gainesville Yankees; coach-pitch boys, Gainesville Cardinals; 9- to 10-year-old girls, Bakersfield Foster Feed & Farm; 9- to 10-year-old boys, Bakersfield Bales Welding; 11- to 13-year-old girls, Gainesville Cardinals; and 11- to 13-year-old boys, Bakersfield Drillers.