The crack of a bat as it drives a softball down the third base line, the guttural calls of the umpire behind home plate, and the cheers of fans and players are all sounds that can once again be heard coming from the White Hall Softball complex.
Opening ceremonies were held Friday night to officially kick off the season that so many kids and parents look forward to each year. The White Hall High School brass ensemble and Color Guard started things off with presentation of the colors and the National Anthem.
Scott Taylor, president of the league, threw out the first pitch and around 230 young players representing 20 teams took the field as they were introduced to the crowd. Players in the league range from ages 4 to 17. Coaches are members of the community who donate their time to the league for the kids.
New to the complex this year are awnings that cover both sets of stands at each of the three fields. Fans can now remain cool in the shade when they come out to support the players.
“When we see a need for a big project, we plan ahead and save for it,” Taylor said of the awnings.
It was a project that took three years to come to fruition. Funds for the league come from registration fees, team sponsorships, and sign sponsorships.
“We would really like to get more sponsors for the signs around the park,” Taylor said.
Along with the new awnings, the league also purchased a new sound system and a private donation allowed them to buy a new fryer for the concession stand. Improvements such as these help keep the park running smoothly to allow for an enjoyable experience.
Games are held nightly, excluding Wednesdays, and will be played from now until the end of June.
Admission to the softball park is free.