It is the time of the year to break out the sunflower seeds, popcorn, snow cones, or nachos. The time of year when the community gathers around the youth of the city and cheers them on from the bleachers. The baseball and softball season is almost here. Monday night, the City of Altus will be kicking off their city league baseball and softball season at Missile Park and a lot of people cannot wait to get it all going.
The kids have been practicing for almost a month — some their whole lives — and are excited to take the field and show their friends and families what they’ve learned. Some are out there for good, clean summer fun. Others are out there pretending to be Major League Baseball players, giving their absolute best swings and rushing to every pop fly, line drive or ground ball as if one mistake will lose them that million-dollar contract.
In preparation for the season opener, the city’s parks and recreation employees and Department of Correction workers have been hard at work making sure the fields have been mowed, the base paths drawn, and all the fence guard attached around each field. Some are small tasks and others are much larger, but when put together, it works to give the kids fun and safe baseball and softball seasons.
The community is encouraged to come out and support the kids in what is sure to be an exciting season, although be advised, these children aren’t professional baseball players. They are kids. The games of baseball and softball should be fun for them. The coaches are volunteers, the umpires make mistakes and the kids just want to play the game they love.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221 ext. 2076.