Peyton Saxton tries to tag out the Undertakers’ Taylor Nash at second base on an attempted steal. Nash would be safe on the errant throw.Kade Norman slides into third base safely, en route to scoring Ribeyes’ second run of the game this past Tuesday evening in a 3-1 victory over Undertakers.By TAYLOR MITCHELL
The great New York Mets pitcher Tom Seaver once said, “In baseball, my theory is to strive for consistency, not to worry about the numbers. If you dwell on statistics you get shortsighted, if you aim for consistency, the numbers will be there at the end.”
Consistency is the key to successful baseball and can only be achieved by playing continuously, in some cases, for years and years. However, for the youth of Yazoo City, there has been a gap in playing that has kept some players of the field.
“They (13 and 14 year olds) get to participate in high school baseball, but they don’t play much,” Jack Willingham, a sergeant with the Yazoo County sheriff’s department and youth baseball coach, said. “Your kids are losing two years of baseball.”
That has changed now that the Pony League has taken over Tuesday and Thursday nights at Joe White Field.
“It’s been great to see these kids have something to do,” Willingham said. “Baseball is my life. I played in (the Pony League) when I was that age. It was my thing to do. I’d go outside by myself and bounce the ball off of the wall. It still is my thing.”
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