Dixie Youth Baseball: Opening day in Prattville

Mayor Jim Byard Jr. throws out first pitch

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Action between the Yankees and Diamondbacks - Photo by Marc Parker

Action between the Yankees and Diamondbacks - Photo by Marc Parker

Prattville – The Yankees, Cubs, and Diamondbacks began their season on Saturday… no, not the major leaguers, the 52nd season of Prattville Dixie Youth Baseball!

Mayor Jim Byard Jr. threw out the first pitch to begin play on Saturday, March 27 at David Whetstone Baseball Complex located on County Road 4.

It was a windy day, but clear and sunny that afternoon when the Yankees and the Diamondbacks from the Ozone League played each other.

Annette Windham’s husband Jerry has been a little league coach for six years, and their eleven-year-old son is currently the shortstop on the team.

Millbrook resident Jerry Turner and grandson Carson enjoying the game - Photo by Marc Parker

Millbrook resident Jerry Turner and grandson Carson enjoying the game - Photo by Marc Parker

“Taylor has been involved since T-Ball and he has been an all-star several times,” she said.

Deet Scott, a “Yankee mom,” moved to Prattville about three years ago.

“Graeson is in right field,” said Scott. “This is his first year, which is unusual for an eleven-year-old, but it has been just lately that he has developed a fascination for baseball. Last year it was basketball,” she continued.

The Yankees fell to the Diamondbacks 11-0 that day, but that was just the beginning of the fun for these youngsters. The local leagues will run through May, then an All-Star team will be chosen to represent the American and National leagues in the district playoffs.

Article by Melissa Parker

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