In May 17 issue, Russell County NewsABOVE: Dalton Robertson, who plays shortstop for the Royals, enjoyed a laugh with a friend in the dugout during a recent game at the Russell Springs field.
Ten-year-old Dalton Robertson of Russell Springs is one of hundreds of Russell County boys and girls that are participating in one of the American rites of spring.
The local Little League baseball season is fully underway on the fields in the Jamestown and Russell Springs city parks.
The old-fashioned sport is as much fun as ever, and these days can be one of the few things that will get kids out of the air conditioned house and away from the luminous glow of video game monitors.
Leagues and teams range from the very young through t-ball, coach-pitch, 9-10 year old teams, and 11-12 year old major league teams.
Parents and friends make up the majority of fans that keep attendance up at most games, when an exciting play or close game can bring a loud roar from the stands.
Lessons in sportsmanship, winning and losing, perserverance, working with others and more go along with how to clean mud from shoes and clothes, hiding from sudden rainshowers, and the true bliss of ballpark hot dogs for supper.
Dalton has been playing on local ball teams for seven years and says he has “lots of fun memories.”
“Baseball is my favorite sport,” he says, adding his favorite teams are the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Yankees. “My favorite players are Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriquez.”
The best part about playing Little League, he notes, is “seeing all my friends.”
“I also like Coach Brentley and Coach Kerry, who were also my basketball coaches this year.”