It’s Youth Baseball Opening Day in Crisp County Georgia

On Saturday April 13, 2024, the Crisp County Recreation Department hosted the much-awaited opening ceremonies for its youth baseball and softball programs. The event took place at the Crisp County Youth Ball Complex, a 77-acre park located at I-75 exit 102 for easy access to the interstate and Cordele Business District. This state-of-the-art complex boasts of 12 multi-use baseball and softball fields, a 2-field soccer facility, 4 concession stands with bathrooms, a batting cage facility, a playground, and a pavilion. It is no wonder that this complex is a hotspot for various tournaments and league games throughout the year.

With a population of just over 20,000, Crisp County Georgia takes pride in its ability to provide the youth of its community and surrounding areas with high-quality recreational programs. The opening day of the youth baseball and softball programs is one such event that brings families together to celebrate and enjoy the sport of baseball. According to Eric Bozeman, CPRP Director, Crisp County Recreation Department

 the turnout was impressive. “Parents and family members came out to enjoy this day, we had 450 kids and 40 teams.”

The opening ceremony started with  Larry Felton, Vice Chair of Crisp Board of County Commissioners, who pumped up the players and supporters with words of encouragement. This was followed by the announcement of the teams and coaches, the playing of the national anthem, and finally, the ceremonial first pitch. Despite the recent bad weather, including a tornado, the sun shone brightly on opening day, adding to the excitement and fun of youth baseball.

Apart from celebrating the start of the baseball and softball season, the opening day also served as a platform to share valuable information with the community. Social services, voting education, and other essential information were made available to the attendees, making the event even more meaningful.

Youth baseball is not just a sport; it is an avenue for learning important life skills such as teamwork, sportsmanship, and dedication. The Crisp County Recreation Department’s efforts in providing the youth with a top-notch complex and organizing such events demonstrate their commitment to the development of the community’s young minds.

The success of the youth baseball and softball program in Crisp County would not be possible without the support of the community, volunteers, coaches, and parents. Opening day was a reminder of the power of coming together to support, encourage and inspire the youth.

The youth baseball and softball opening day in Crisp County Georgia was a fantastic celebration of the great American pastime. It not only marked the beginning of the season but also showcased the strong community spirit and dedication towards nurturing the youth. Let us all continue to support and encourage the young players, shaping them into not only talented athletes but also responsible and confident individuals.


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