Opening Day at the Brownfield Sports Complex was held on Saturday and what a day it was! This is the first season in the new ballpark. In fact, it is the first season in three years.
When the building of the new ballpark began, the old fields had to be torn up to make room for the new facility. This put a halt to the 2019 season. The complex was completed and ready for play in 2020, but COVID put an end to that. So, here we are, the first time since 2018 that our kids have been able to take the field on their home turf.
The day began with the introduction of the teams. 408 kids from Tee-ball all the way through 14 and under began to fill the field with colorful uniforms and kiddos excited to play ball. City Councilman Eric Horton gave the invocation. The colors were presented and the National Anthem was sung. What a moment it was to see all these kids on the field with their hats over their hearts, honoring their country.
Mayor Tom Hesse and Assistant City Manager Kelly Burris were on the field to greet the teams, along with Carrie Larue Wilks, President of the Terry County Youth Sports League. Wilks thanked parents and sponsors for their support and patience as she and the rest of the board worked to get this league going.
State Champion Lady Cub Coach Michelle Wyatt was on hand to throw out the first pitch to TCYS Vice-President Justin Cabe. Coach Wyatt also spoke to the crowd about the importance of getting kids involved in sports and what a great honor it was to be able to represent all of Brownfield at the State Tournament. “We want to thank all of you for supporting us and backing us all the way. We are looking forward to repeating next year.”
There are 35 teams competing this year and games will primarily be played on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings. Admission is free and there is a great concession stand. Take some time and get out and support these kiddos as they take part in America’s Pastime!