than the game’
The Marshall County Sports League is wrapping up its 10th season.
It was started in 2005 to provide organized recreational baseball and softball for the children of Marshall County. The towns of Byhalia, Holly Springs, and Potts Camp came together to form the Dizzy Dean league. A few years ago Hickory Flat joined.
“The children learn so much more than the game of baseball or softball,” said Janice Wagg, president of the league and one of the original organizers. “Loyalty to their team, the meaning of commitment, the importance of sportsmanship, citizenship, and teamwork are just a few of the life lessons they learn through participation in the league. They meet other kids from across the county that they would have no chance to know without this organization.”
More than 400 children are playing in the league this year with five teams advancing to play in the Dizzy Dean State Games and some going on to play in the Dizzy Dean World Series.
“Choosing to be sanctioned through Dizzy Dean was a great choice as it offers additional opportunities for the children,” Wagg said.
“This could not exist without the awesome support of the parents, the generosity of our sponsors and the hours and hours of volunteering by the coaches and league officials.
“Watching the children progress from the T-ball stage where they learn to hit the ball and run, run, run (sometimes even in the right direction) to the age groups where they have honed their skills, learned the rules, and experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat makes it all worthwhile.”
She said each year brings its own set of challenges and this year has been no exception.
“We learn as a group to work through those opportunities, learn from them and apply the things we have learned to make the next year even better,” Wagg said. “We invite all children who live in the county and wish to play recreational baseball or softball to join us next year.”
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