Tarkington softball team readies youth league fields for spring

Katelyn Cherry and Hope Anderson freshen up the bases with a new coat of paint. The girls are part of the Tarkington High School softball teams and helped clean up the youth league fields on Saturday for a community service project.

The Tarkington Community Baseball Association fields are getting spruced up in time for the upcoming youth league season, which begins on March 23. The clean-up on Saturday, Feb. 2, was performed by Tarkington High School softball players who grew up learning the game of baseball on these fields.

“All these girls. They started here. They started playing right here, so this is our way of giving back to the community and making sure this place looks the best it can,” said Tarkington High School Baseball Coach Samantha Cummings. “It teaches them self-respect and respect for the community.”

The cleanup was a time for bonding, too, as many of the freshmen girls are new to the varsity baseball team.

“This helps our girls get united. It’s helping them with team bonding while also helping the community,” said Head Softball Coach Tiffany Buntion.

The clean-ups are organized by Buddy Smith, the facilities manager for the fields.

“I started these clean-ups four years ago,” said Smith. “It helps make our park look better.”

In just a two-hour time span, the girls painted walls and floors inside the concession stand, cleared debris from under the bleachers, painted bases and handicapped striping, and removed trash from the fields.

“I have a list of things we will get accomplished in time for the new season,” said Smith.

The varsity boys have a clean-up organized for later this month.

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