Cleveland, Tarkington youths hit the diamonds for season-opening games

Umpires Katie Jones (back left) and Logan Wise visit with Cleveland City Manager Kelly McDonald (front) before she throws out the first softball for Cleveland Youth Baseball Association's season-opening games on Saturday, March 23.

The season-opening events for Cleveland Youth Baseball Association and Tarkington Community Baseball and Softball Association were home runs as both leagues enjoyed high turnout and good weather on Saturday, March 23.

In Cleveland, teams kicked off the season bright and early with a parade of vehicles down Houston St. (SH 321), ending at Cleveland Municipal Park where a cake auction and festivities were held after all the teams arrived.

Cleveland Mayor Otis Cohn and Cleveland City Manager Kelly McDonald were invited to throw out the opening pitches for the baseball and softball teams, and then a full day of games began.

Over in Tarkington, teams were introduced inside the Tarkington Middle School gymnasium as they presented their cakes for auction. Local businessman Chance Ward was auctioneer.

Dayton Youth Sports Association’s season-opening event will be held Saturday, March 30. Liberty Youth Baseball/Softball Association opens its season on Saturday, April 6, at 10 a.m.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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