Smiles were all around Tuesday

Published 12:01 am Thursday, May 2, 2013

When I pulled off of Stanley Avenue and pulled into Johnson Park’s parking lot Tuesday evening, I didn’t know what to expect.

Tuesday signified the opening day for the Covington County Miracle League, where children and adults with special needs come and play America’s past time.

The first thing I noticed upon arrival at the park was the huge crowd that swelled around the field specially designed for the league.

Parents, friends and others were clamoring to get a glimpse of the action.

The opener saw the Braves and Angels squaring off against each other.

Each team was introduced during an opening ceremony, and shortly afterward, action began.

Every team member was allowed an at bat during each of the three innings. When the bases were loaded, for instance, the next hitter hit a home run to clear the bases.

With the help of volunteers, each participant got to run around the bases and even play a hefty dose of defense in the field.

After every hit, balls would be rolled out to the many different positions on the field to allow for a play.

By the time the game ended, the Braves and Angels finished in a 31-31 tie.

There wasn’t a winner, but what does that matter?

For those who participated, they got the chance to play baseball, a sport they love.

And did I mention the smiles?

I can write a whole new column on just the many wonderful expressions on their faces.

There wasn’t a frown to be seen over the vast area of players.

And there wasn’t a frown on this sports editor’s face either.