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Bonding over baseball

This weekend marks the beginning of the baseball season at West Lincoln Optimist Park and officials hope it will bring the community together.
Festivities kick off at 6:30 p.m. today at 6:30 p.m. and from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday
Players past and current, plus sponsors for this year will be recognized at the event.
“This is the first time an opening ceremony has been done in a long time,” said Amy Adams, a volunteer. “If things go well, we may try to do it each year, but it takes a lot of support and time from parents and the community.”
Ball season, which starts this Saturday, will run until the second week of June. There are more than 450 children on 35 teams.
Friday night’s highlights include raising a new flag, face painting and a disc jockey.
Morning games on Saturday will be covered on Lincolnton’s WLON 1050 AM Sports Talk Radio. There will be free giveaways, food and a dunking booth for players to dunk their favorite coach.
There will also be drawings for children in four different ball fields every 30 minutes. Prizes include softballs, tickets to a ball game and the chance to win a bicycle.
Sponsors for the event include Wal-Mart, K-mart and other community organizations.
There are also several projects those involved with Optimist Park are working on, including a web site.
Sponsors for the project include Saine Hardware, Carolina Trust Bank, West End Housing and Mitchem’s Kitchen.
The Lincoln School of Technology will be doing the web site as a school project. It is expected to be up and running by this weekend. The web site is www.westlincolnoptimist.com.
“We were lucky to find the School of Technology, who decided to make it their year-end project,” Adams said. “They will also help maintain it.”
The Optimist Club is also looking for volunteers to help with projects such as working on the parking lot and helping to raise funds for more equipment.
“I want this event to show the community what we can do if we all pull together,” Adams said.
by Amy Wadsworth

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