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Clay County Little League seeking help to finish restoring field washed away in flood

Clay County Little League players are hopeful the community will help them reach their funding goal to rebuild their field that was destroyed in the June flood. (WCHS/WVAH)

In a little more than two weeks, hundreds of Clay County Little League players will hit the field for their first season back since the June flood swept away everything they had worked to accomplish. There is still a lot of work to be done, however, and they are in desperate need of funding to reach their goal.

When they first saw the damage done to their field by the flood, they were in shock.

"Bleachers that sat right there and they were in the middle of the field," Holt Dawson said. "The concession stand was gone; we don't even know where it is. We only found the roof, and it was stuck on that building over there."

Some of the kids on the team also lost their homes so they were even more devastated to learn they may not have a Little League season.

"We're waiting for baseball season and we get told, 'Guys, we can't do this until someone gets this all cleaned up,' " Parker Taylor said.

Super Saturday is set for April 29, the first day back for the more than 20 teams in the county. Many had their doubts about whether they would be able to participate.

"I didn't think it would be ready by Super Saturday. I didn't think I would get to play Little League this year," Dawson said.

But with around the clock work and donations, the field is starting to look more like a baseball field every day.

"We're just trying to get the next generation of kids a place to play so they can develop memories like I have," former Little League player Ely Osborne said.

The entire cost of rebuilding the facility is going to be upwards of $150,000, but they are still short and fearful of sending the nonprofit into debt.

"We're figuring between $35,000-$40,000 is going to keep us from going into that big hole. We're a nonprofit, so all of our monies comes basically out of our concession stand and our registration fees," Coach Coordinator Todd Samples said.

The program serves more than 300 kids and they said they prepare and practice all year round.

"We have practiced our entire lives,and we've been practicing at home at baseball. I've been hitting balls in the creek is how much I love baseball," Pierce Adkins said.

It's a love for baseball that these home run hitters hope others will step up to the plate to help continue.

"We decided that, 'Hey, we're going to do this one way or another,' " Samples said of the decision not to give up, despite being short the money.

If you or your business would like to help Clay County Little League, you can email the organization at claycountylittleleague@gmail.com

You can also find the league on Facebook here

There is a building fund set up at Clay County Bank.


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