By Tim Chambers
The Johnson County Little League will hold its opening festivities on Saturday with a parade to kick off the day-long events.
The parade will start at 9 am in the parking lot of First Baptist Church on Main Street. Each team will march through town past Farmers State Bank and back to Cunningham Park.
“We have 20 teams this year and all of them will be introduced individually,” said league president Brian Day. “We only had 17 last year so the league is growing.”
Day stated that the league had 20 different businesses that were sponsoring teams. The major league will field six teams, minor has four, T-Ball stands at six teams and softball is up to four.
The Scrubs The Bear of Mountain States Health Alliance fame reportedly will be on hand and the players will assist in the operations toy drive. All the toys donated will go to the children’s hospital.
Each team will play a two-inning game that will highlight the event.
Fans will get to see the brand new scoreboard at Cunningham Park that resembles the one inside of Boston’s Fenway Park.
Farmers State Bank and Mountain Electric, through their operation pocket change split the cost.
“It’s huge for our league to have a scoreboard like this,” said Day. “We’re trying to get an operable board on both fields at Ralph Stout Park. If we have these then it opens up a chance to host tournaments, because we have all the parking, bathrooms and concessions needed. This could even bring in some revenue to the county because travel ball could be interested in using them as well.”
In addition to Day, Gary Woodard, Vice President, Abby Shaw, secretary, Cliff Mahala, treasurer, April Day, concessions, Stacy Jennings, safety officer, Michelle Arney, T-ball, Charlie Jennings, player agent and Gary Evans, softball, make up the league officers.