Baseball is Back!

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Shortstop Alejandro Espinosa tags runner Timothy Cole between second and third base during the Grove City Cardinals (ages 9-10) practice on July 18.
Jimmy Neiser, the head coach of the Cardinals, gives some tips to baseball newcomer Marcus Thompson. Neiser said he is thankful the city has allowed youth baseball to resume. “It is something we all have needed,” he said.
Quinn Adams, a member of the Grove City Pirates (ages 11-12) swings at the pitch.
After scooping up a ground ball, Eli Lee prepares to throw it to first base.

The youth of Grove City are heading back to the diamonds as practice began July 13. The season, which officially begins Saturday, Aug. 8, will follow the format of the traditional spring-summer season. Games will be played in August, September and October at Windsor Park, 4408 Broadway, and Fryer Park, 3899 Orders Road. Grove City Buddy Ball at the Dream Field has been postponed until 2021.

In addition to the change in dates, several modifications are being implemented to enhance the safety of participants and the community. These measures include additional cleaning and sanitizing of equipment, ensuring individual usage of items and appropriate distancing of participants when possible.

Volunteer coaches are the backbone of youth baseball in Grove City, and Grove City Parks and Recreation is grateful for their commitment to the community’s children through their willingness to take on the additional responsibilities placed on them for the 2020 season.

“The patience and flexibility players, parents and coaches displayed as plans were prepared to ensure youth baseball in Grove City occurred in 2020 is truly appreciated,” said Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage.

For information regarding Grove City Parks and Recreation offerings including youth sports, visit GroveCityOhio.gov or call 614-277-3050. Weather cancellation information is available by calling the hotline at 614-277-3060 or viewing GroveCityOhio.gov or city Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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