The Fairfax Summer Baseball Program, sponsored by the Fairfax Kiwanis and Optimist Clubs, ended with much success the last of June with a great deal of dedication of coaches and people assisting, the talents and determination of the youth involved, the loyalty of those readying the field and the profitability of the concession stand.
The Half Pints team was coached by Brett Johnson, Ashley Grossman, Shaun O’Riley and Ryan Kingery. They finished the season with 13 wins and two losses and placed second in the tournament. The Pints Team, coached by Josh and Tracy Oswald, Tony Skeen, Tyler Heits and Joe Hill, also finished their season with 13 wins, two losses and placed second in tournament play. Both teams received nice trophies for their hard earned placements.
Teams in the league included Mound City, Tarkio, Burlington Junction, Clearmont, Braddyville, Nodaway-Holt, Maryville, Hopkins and Shenandoah.
The T-Ballers were coached by Ryan and Jill Kingery and Chris and Mandy Smith. Those youngsters had an enjoyable time learning the skills and rules of the game along with interacting with new friends and preparing themselves for bigger league play for the future.
Improvements made to the baseball field this year included new dugouts, field ground enhancements and mound and base improvements. Loads of sand added to the diamond to assist with keeping the field dried out and ready for play made game schedules much easier this year. Assisting in these improvements (along with the coaches) were Steve Stevens, Miles Smith, and John Brown. Both the sponsoring organizations’ ball program funds and the City of Fairfax were responsible for the finances necessary for the improvements and the many hours of dedicated volunteers accounted for an upgraded baseball field.
The concession stand, operated by the Kiwanis and Optimist members, had its best year ever, allowing for Summer Ball Program funds to accumulate for next year’s endeavors.
The year was ended with a Family Fun Night and a drawing for a Kansas City Royals ticket package, which included four tickets with fountain seats and a general parking pass for the Royals’ game against the Chicago White Sox on August 9, 2016. Cameron Oswald of Fairfax was the winner of the ticket package, donated by Lonnie Graves and Barry Holt. The raffle brought in $470 for the ball program funds.
The Fairfax Kiwanis and Optimist Clubs are very appreciative of the adults and youth involved in making this year’s program enjoyable and successful.