PORT ARTHUR —
Dwight Fobbs, president of Port Arthur American Little League, wants parents of Little League age baseball players to understand his league is the only one in Port Arthur sanctioned by Little League of America. Jerry McInnis, the District 32 Little League Administrator for Southeast Texas, backs the assertion.
Both Fobbs and McInnis are upset that another group, passing itself off as Port Arthur National Little League, is handing out fliers and trying to recruit players.
“Under Little League International rules, there can be only one official Little League organization in Port Arthur,” said McInnis. “Somebody could start up another youth baseball league, but it can’t operate under the Little League banner.
“The Little League boundaries are frozen and established for Port Arthur American Little League. I thought the guy with the other league understood that, but I’m having trouble communicating with him. His league will not be chartered, will not play All-Stars and will be infringing on the Little League name if they persist.”
McInnis said he’s of the opinion Fobbs had done a good job in his time as president of Port Arthur American and doesn’t want any kids to lose out on a chance of playing Little League baseball through confusion or misunderstanding.
“We are fearful that some kids will get lost in the shuffle and won’t get to play anywhere,” said McInnis. “The people in Port Arthur need to work together to have one strong league. I really need to talk to the people trying to start up the other league. I have sent e-mails to the address on their flier and called the phone number on the flier and have not gotten any response.
“I’m disappointed they don’t seem to want to go through channels. I just don’t want to see any kids get hurt.”
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BEAUMONT — It may be just the second year of the program’s revival, but the Lamar softball team has already established a tradition: Winning the home opener on a walk-off home run.
Casey Cromwell’s three-run blast in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Lady Cardinals a 6-4 win over Southeastern Louisiana at Ford Park in the first home game of 2014 for Lamar and the Southland Conference opener for both squads.
Lamar, which won its first game last year over UTSA on a walk-off home run by Ashley McDowell, cruised to an 8-1 win over Southeastern Louisiana in Saturday’s nightcap.
“This is why I love playing at home,” Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. “The fans really get us pumped up, and we respond.”
Cromwell hit two home runs in the opener for Lamar (5-9 overall, 2-0 Southland). Beverly Corry also homered for Lamar. Shannon Millman (3-5) was the winning pitcher for the Lady Cardinals in both games, working 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief in the first game before firing a three-hit gem in the nightcap.
“We got tremendous pitching for both Shannon and Tina (Schulz) today,” Bruder said. “We also got some great defense, and that really helped us.”
Candyce Carter and Jenna Holland homered for Lamar in the second game. Carter had three RBIs in the game, while Holland and Julianne Viator added two RBIs apiece.
Carter closed out the game in spectacular fashion, making a diving grab in center field to turn what looked to be a sure double off the bat of Brittney Tschoepe into the final out of the game.
The two teams wrap up their three-game series with a single contest at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ford Park. All senior citizens 55 and older receive free admission.
“It’s always tough to sweep a team,” Bruder said. “We know Sunday’s game will be tough.”
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