By Jocelyn Turner
Amherst Daily News
AMHERST – Bats were swung and balls were thrown one final time at the Ernie Landry Memorial Field in Amherst Thursday morning. The young players spent the summer learning the fundamentals of the game, making friends and having fun.
“For the most part, they are really fun, they try hard and do what they can,” said coach Tyler Skinner. “We try to teach them the rules, like how to run the bases and where to throw the balls. It’s been a good summer.”
Player Phoenix Remington said he enjoyed the season and looks forward to next summer.
“I like to win and the best part was hitting (the ball),” he said. “I’ve hit a homerun before, four of them. I’m coming back next year.”
In the final game of the season, the players took on their parents. Parent Rob Zerdzicki said the best part of seeing his two sons play, is knowing how far they’ve come as players.
“I’m a very proud father. I loved how much fun it was seeing them go from running after a ball when it’s hit, to them actually knowing how to play the game and enjoying it.”
The worst part of the game? Playing against your two sons.
“I think they’re putting it to us already. I’m worried about going to bat. I think they’ll need the paramedics here with some oxygen.”
Sonny Foster manned the barbecue, cooking the hotdogs for the kids and their parents for after the game. He has been involved with baseball for many years and said the best part is watching the younger kids get a chance to play the game.
“The little ones are the ones that get the most enjoyment,” he said. “It’s a game to them and the competition means nothing. They’re about having a good time. That’s what it’s all about.”
After the kids versus parents game, players were treated to a barbecue where the kids were presented with their participation certificates.