ADRIAN — If you form it, they will come.
When some parents heard this spring the YMCA of Lenawee County and the city of Adrian weren’t offering youth baseball and were concerned about affording other leagues, they took matters into their own hands and formed their own league.
The result is the Adrian T-Ball and Little League.
One of the organizers is Kendra Sledge. She said a lot of children were unable to join a team because the YMCA isn’t offering baseball this year and it wasn’t affordable for those who could get on a team, so she and other volunteering parents decided to start their own league, not affiliated with any group or city.
“The response from parents has been overwhelming,” Sledge said.
There are 100 kids participating with six teams formed. The ages range from 11 to 4 years old. They have been practicing and playing at Island Park on Tuesdays and Sundays.
Various people have joined in with the effort to coach, give donations or sponsor. From donated baseballs and other equipment, the new league has found a way to play.
“It’s taken a whole community of parents, families and others to make this happen,” said Sledge, who has three sons participating in the league.
She said they are not sure if this will be a one-year thing or if it will become a yearly opportunity for local kids.
“There is interest for next year, but we will see,” Sledge said. “We just want the kids to have the chance to play baseball and have fun.”
The group has a Facebook group at tinyurl.com/AdrianTBLL for those interested in…
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