UNION COUNTY — After a clinic for players, a board meeting and a first-time draft lottery, The Miracle League of Union County is ready to begin its fall season.
Last Saturday, The Miracle League of Union County (MLUC) held a free baseball clinic for past and present MLUC players at Timken Sports Complex. MLUC players were separated into two groups to work on fundamentals of baseball including catching, throwing, fielding and hitting. Everyone then reconvened to play a one-inning game.
“Our players were pumped and ready,” said MLUC board chair Amy Austin. “They had a ball learning from the experts. They had the opportunity to practice skills over and over, without being in a game setting.”
Austin said she was very thankful for those who volunteered to teach the clinic including Jeff, Kim, Ethan and Aaron Bailey, Kirk Rebuck, Quay Cooper, Hannah Sailors and Jessica Hines. Other volunteers included MLUC board members and family. Austin said everyone enjoyed a hot dog lunch — grilled by Kevin Shropshire — and received a MLUC t-shirt.
Austin also said a new player participated and will play with MLUC in the fall.
“She had so much fun, and her excitement had everyone pumped up,” Austin said.
The clinic was to help players prepare for the MLUC fall season, which begins Monday, Sept. 8. Fall games will be held on Mondays and Tuesdays during the eight-week season, with a game at 6 p.m. on Mondays and games at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.
There will be a total of six teams for the fall season, and team sponsors will be Frank Hart Allstate, Dr. Gary Horvath Orthodontics, Union Civitan, Textol, and Calvert’s Auto Sales. One team with an anonymous sponsor will be known as The Fantastics.
Austin said coaches are still needed for the season.
“There are no practices, so coaches are only committing to an hour and a half, one night a week,” Austin said.
Coaches’ responsibilities include pitching to players who do not use a tee and giving out lots of praise, encouragement and high-fives.
For those who are interested in coaching, registration forms are available at the Union County Recreation Department, and the deadline is Monday, Aug. 11, to allow for shirt printing.
Austin said the MLUC is also looking for buddy groups to assist players during games. The groups would need to be 12-14 people to cover one team, and those who are interested may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Movie on the Mound
The MLUC will present “Movie on the Mound” on Thursday, Aug. 14, at Timken Sports Complex. Gates will open at 7:30 p.m., and the movie will begin at 8:30 p.m.
Austin suggested that those who attend bring a chair, bean bag or blanket to relax and watch the movie. Drinks, popcorn and candy will be sold by the MLUC to continue raising funds for the group.
A $5 per person donation to the MLUC will be appreciated at the gate. Children ages 5 and under may donate $3 each.