School's Out: Mark Twain Area Baseball and Softball Association Games
Many area children have spent part of May and the month of June playing baseball or softball, thanks to the Mark Twain Area Baseball and Softball Association. Young people from Paris, Palmyra, Perry, Hannibal, Center, Shelbina, New London, and Monroe City have met on area playing fields and engaged in friendly competition.
In Paris, Holliday, and Madison alone, approximately 170 youngsters compete in the association.
Many people donate their time to make certain that the kids can play, including board members Teddy Deornellas, Dana Billings, Jason Chapman, Doug Buie, and Tony Miller. Local field maintenance is provided by Garrett Thomas, and Beverly Bartels manages concessions. Many volunteers are also a part of making summer baseball and softball a success in the area.
Tony Miller, board member, said, "The City of Paris does a wonderful and much-appreciated job of maintaining the facilities and helping our association provide this opportunity to area children each year."
The divisions playing in the association are T-Ball, ages 4-6, boys and girls combined; Pixie, girls, grades 1-4; Chic, girls, grades 5-7; Atom, boys, grades 1-3; Bantam, boys, grades 4-5; Midget, boys, grades 6-7.
The season runs from mid-May through July 3 every year. Games are usually played at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The last home games of 2017 will be on Friday, June 30.