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April 17, 2014

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Local Little League programs get set for baseball season

CORBIN — By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor

Seventy-five years is a long time, but in baseball years it seems like days.

While Major League Baseball has been in full swing for a few weeks now, for about 2.4 million boys and girls worldwide, the real baseball season will get started over the next few weeks as Little League Baseball kicks off its 75th season.

Locally, the Corbin Little League season will get started today at Rotary Park, where the program will kick off it’s 56th season of Little League baseball.

League President Jeff Chadwell said he expects another successful season, but more importantly, a season full of fun while learning the game of baseball.

“We have a good group of kids out this season and just like every year, opening day is a lot of fun,” Chadwell said.  “It’s always fun to see all the returning faces, whether it's kids that are coming back from the season before or if it's kids that have been through our league and come back to volunteer their time with the league in some capacity or another.

“We’re looking forward to another fun season of baseball and we’re hopeful that the kids have fun and learn not just about baseball, but about what Little League stands for,” he added. “We’re proud of our program and we’re proud of our facilities, so it’s always a lot of fun to start a new season.”

While the Corbin Little League is one of the oldest leagues in southeast Kentucky, it certainly isn’t the only one. Knox County, South London, North Laurel and Williamsburg all hold Little League charters and have each been competitive in the program in the local, state and national level recently.

The Knox County All Stars recently brought home a third consecutive (Minor and Little League combined) state title, advancing to the Central Region Tournament in Indianapolis, Ind.

While Corbin will open its season today, other surrounding leagues have yet to make their schedules public. First pitch for today’s opening game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Corbin’s Rotary Park.

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