Cottondale held its annual Opening Day for rec ball with softball and baseball teams scattered over four fields through most of the day Saturday. With every team eager to take the field, none were more excited than the tee-ballers. The innocence coupled with their enthusiasm provided fans, family, and players with tons and tons of smiles.
Cottondale Gray takes on Cottondale Orange
The first game of the day pitted the Cottondale Gray and Cottondale Orange against each other with both teams giving it their all.
Cottondale Orange went on offense first and they were eager to prove how much they had learned in practice Barrett Trimble and Sebastian Hernandez had great hits down the third base side with Duke Seiss and Dayton Weeks going up the middle to reach first safely. Taking their power down the right field side was Mason Farcash and Lawson Brooks. Ruby Kate Trimble and Madison Farcash dropped a perfect bunt just in the right spot to make it safely to first.
For the Cottondale Gray team, Desi Martinez had a shot up the middle with no question of being safe on the bag, with Zoey Barnes and Brantley Seal equally as impressive finding the right side. James Hitchcock and Bella Robarge aimed for just the right hole on the right side to scurry to first base untouched. Kha’Darius Martin and Nathan Stoffels chose to go third base side to safely reach first. Skyla Baxley hit the ball to land just shy of eager hands to allow time to get to first without a tag.
Defensively, both teams were impressive. The balls were quickly gloved and returned to the circle to prevent runners from advancing extra bases.
Following the game, the two teams met in the middle of the field to exchange the traditional ‘good job hand slap’.
Cottondale Black battles with Cottondale Blue
The Cottondale Black and Cottondale Blue tee ball teams were more than just a little excited when it was their turn to take the field Saturday. Both teams had worked hard in practice and were ready to showcase their skills.
For the Cottondale Blue team, Sawyer Baggett and Nick Brock found a nice little hole on the right side of the field and used their speed to make it to first untouched. AJ Patterson and Bryson Meredith opted for the left side of the diamond, making the throw to first a little harder on the defenders. Elliot Batson and Colton O’Neil sailed their hits straight up the middle, giving defenders at short and second a chance to snag them. Carter Kelly landed a bunt in no man’s land and had himself a standup single.
For the Cottondale Black team, Michael Byram and Amelia Lee found an unguarded area between third and short that allowed them to safely land on first while Hailey Wade and Amelia Lee saw an opening down the first base line. Kaitly Monk and Carson Cosper were left side all the way, landing safely on first. Cooper McCord popped up in no man’s land for a single.
Defensively, the fans knew the players had worked hard when they saw their defense on the field. No time was wasted in approaching balls, gloving them and making the throw to the right spots, whether it was first base or the circle.