Warmer weather brings out youth baseball tournament - WNEM TV 5

Warmer weather brings out youth baseball tournament

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

It’s a beautiful day and baseball is back, but more importantly, so is the sunshine at Hoyt Park.

The crack of the bat and the crowd cheering is a sure sign of Spring time in Mid-Michigan.

This weekend, teams from all over the state made their way to Hoyt Park for the Saginaw Rage Spring classic.

“We lucked out I was getting berated by coaches, parents, on Monday when there was a sheet of ice everywhere nobody thought we were playing, but we got 48 hours to turn it around and we pulled it together and ended up with a fantastic weekend,” said Doug Harbert, the tournament director.

Harbert said 27 teams are competing, even some traveling from as far away as Petoskey, so mother nature really stepped up and helped make the tournament a success.

“Everyone is so happy to be out and just playing baseball, you know we’ve been indoors practicing all winter and like I said we had two inches of ice earlier this week, so it’s a relief for everyone to be outside, knock the dust off and just start playing ball,” Harbert said.

The youth baseball league begins on July 10 and welcomes all Saginaw County boys and girls from ages 5 to 8 for t-ball and divisions for ages 9 to 17.

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