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2013-03-21

Play ball! Little League Opening day Saturday

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

The Bandera Little League will kick off the 2013 season Saturday, March 23, at the Bandera Sports Complex next to Mansfield Park on Highway 16 north.
Ron Gherman, president, invites everyone out for the grand opening ceremony set to begin at 8:15am. Activities are scheduled throughout the day and continue until midnight.
"We'll be playing teams from other communities, depending on the age group," said Gherman. "We've got teams from Medina, Lakehills, Utopia and more coming."
Bandera Little League has 205 young people participating this season. In addition to the players, there are a bunch of hard working coaches, umpires, record keepers, concession stand workers and more who keep the whole thing organized and successful for the children.
Opening day is a family friendly event. "Last year, we counted and there were always around 300 people just watching the games at all times throughout the day," said Gherman.
There will be a full concession stand operating all day and delicious barbecue plates will be served from 11:30 am until it's all gone.
In addition, a silent auction will be held from 9 am to 7 pm and there will surely be a treasure or two for everyone to bid on.
At 7:30 pm the new lighting system at one of the fields will be dedicated. In December of 2012, the Sports Complex received a $50,000 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund to purchase and install lighting at the Senior League Field. Contributing to the project was Musco Sports Lighting LLC and other area foundations. The energy saving lights were installed in January.
The Bandera Sports Complex started in 2000 as a project of the Bandera Optimist Club. Before long, a non-profit was formed involving officers from soccer, flag football and Little League organizations with the aim of creating a multi-use facility. Today, the complex covers 32 acres with baseball and softball fields, soccer fields and flag football fields. Throughout the year, over 800 local youth ranging in age from five to 18 will participate in athletic events at the complex.