After spending two years participating in Dizzy Dean baseball, Cedartown went back to the tried and true Little League program this season, and according to President David Barrow, the move was worth it.
“It was absolutely successful,” Barrow said, noting that the league went from 250 kids last year to 380 this year. “I would say it was an overwhelming success to go back to Little League.”
Barrow said no serious problems arose this year and that he had a great group of board members to work with.
The league leader also was quick to point out how much Cedartown Recreation Director Johnny Morris and the city of Cedartown helped.
“A huge part of our success was the city of Cedartown and the recreation department,” Barrow said. “The guys who took care of the fields did a great job. Without the help of the city we wouldn’t have been as successful as we were.”
Barrow also wanted to thank the commissioners and City Manager Charles Akridge for all their help and behind the scenes work with the Little League program.
The Cardinals won the 11-and-12-year-old league this season, the Braves won the 7-and-8-year-old division while the Royals won the 9-and-10-year-old league.
In T-ball, the Braves won a mid-season tournament and the Tigers won the end of the year tournament.
Barrow said that the T-ball Braves and the Coach Pitch Cardinals tied as winners for a raffle fundraiser that was held and both teams received a free trip to a Rome Braves game.
Barrow said everything was paid for and not only did the teams get to go but also their parents.
“Those two teams had the highest participation,” Barrow said.