Well, not quite, but Texas City teams are still smiling
NO AMOUNT of rain could dampen the spirits when new Texas City little league president Steven Simmons stood on the diamond at Godard Park on Saturday and thanked parents, managers, volunteers, players and the city for all they have done for youth baseball in the town as the league celebrated its opening day with a parade and opening ceremonies.
Sponsors also stepped up to the plate, with representatives from the De Montrond Gulf Freeway car dealership on hand to present the league with a $500 donation.
The high school’s Stings baseball team head coach Matt Cooper threw out the ceremonial first pitch after telling everyone the high-school program would not be where it is today without quality youth programs like Texas City little league.
“These kids are the future of the Texas City baseball program,” he said as his 2015 team stood in support of the program, which has helped many of them reach the level they are at now.
Even though the ballplayers could not hit the field because large amounts of rain left it too wet for play, Simmons reassured them and their parents that games would start as soon as possible.
“The city should be fixing up the fields this week and we’ll be working on scheduling so we can start games,” he said.
In the meantime, the league gave awards to the teams for their parade floats, with the minor league’s Blue Jays and Astros among those winning awards.
Bayside starts swinging on Sunday
BAYSIDE little league in Seabrook will start its season on Sunday morning with a day of action at the fields at 1805 North Meyer Avenue.
Games start at 11:00am, when the Tigers play Sagemont in the challenger division, while the Owls play the Storm in T-ball and the Raptors play the Redwings in coach pitch.
At 12:30pm, the Rockhounds play the Muckdogs in coach pitch and the Bandits play the Scrappers in coach pitch.
At 2:00pm the Threshers face the Mets in the league’s Dixie 3 division.
Finally, at 6:30pm, Dixie 3 games feature Grasshoppers versus the Thunder and the Volcanoes playing the Express.