Open­ing Day pa­rade held as Rock­mart youth spring sports kicks off

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL SPORTS - By Sean Wil­liams [email protected]­

Rock­mart’s new and im­proved Le­gion Field is ready for an­other sea­son of lit­tle league softball and base­ball, and to com­mem­o­rate the oc­ca­sion, a pa­rade of ve­hi­cles and play­ers made its way through the city.

Hun­dreds of lo­cals lined the side­walks of Col­lege and Mar­ble Street as those soon to com­pete in the field rode along and waved to their fans. Sher­iff Johnny Moats and other lo­cal of­fi­cials joined in, and the tour con­cluded when the play­ers reached the Nathan Dean Sports Com­plex.

With teams slated to be­gin play­ing in the com­ing weeks, the field couldn’t have been done sooner. The im­proved play-area comes from the ef­forts of Johnny’s En­ter­prise, Travis Ken­drick, Adam Brink­ley, the Rock­mart Recre­ational De­part­ment, and those who con­trib­uted time or money to the project.

Those look­ing to take a more hands-on ap­proach in sup­port­ing can do so in many ways. Due to their in­creased size, the Rock- mart Fast Pitch team is look­ing to hire um­pires, and buy­ing tick­ets to the games is a sure-fire way of mak­ing sure youth can keep play­ing.

Busi­nesses can also spon­sor the teams, and the lit­tle league base­ball team an­nounced they would be­gin an­nounc­ing play­ers, coaches, and spon­sors over the mi­cro­phone of at the be­gin­ning of each game in each divi­sion.

Those in­ter­ested in more in­for­ma­tion about the teams can visit https:// www.face­­mart-Lit­tle-League-Base­ball-434266645303/ and https://www.face­book. com/Rock­mart-Fast­Pitch-296174560428179/.

/ sean Wil­liams

left: Teams lined up across from Rock­mart City Hall in trucks to kick off the 2019 Open­ing Day Pa­rade on Fri­day, March 22. above: Fields were prepped for the start of youth softball and lit­tle league base­ball in Rock­mart at the tail end of the week.

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