by David Rhode
Opening Day in any youth league is a time of anticipation, fun, chaos and occasionally some baseball mixed in. However for the community of Henryville, Indiana, the 2012 Opening Day ceremonies were a time of particular significance. You see in this day and age of short attention spans the name Henryville, Indiana may not mean much to most people. Therefore, let me take you back just 6 weeks to when this community was devastated by an EF4 tornado on March 2nd.
So for Henryville the idea that on April 14 they’d be gathering with smiles on their faces to kick off their baseball season would have seemed impossible. Pitch In For Baseball, Louisville Slugger and countless other caring individuals provided equipment, financial support and manpower to help them get back on their feet.
I had the privilege along with fellow Pitch In For Baseball Board Member, John Yengo, of attending their Opening Day this past Saturday. The kids were great. We met “Spike” and “Big Poppi” and coaches and league administrators who through their efforts were able to give kids the chance to play ball. The sentiments we heard echoed time and again on Saturday was how important it was to give both the kids and the community something that resembled normalcy even when things around them were anything but that.
With massive construction going on down the street at the school, Henryville is still a work in progress. However if the spirit exhibited Saturday is any indication, I think there are many good days ahead.
For more pictures from Henryville’s Opening Day, visit the Pitch In For Baseball Facebook page. www.facebook.com/#!/PitchInForBaseball