Havana’s little league program is in full swing. AAA and O-Zone began a couple of weeks ago and t-ball started last week. It’s a good youth recreation program with many kids from Havana and Quincy participating.
Cindy Mentry is the league president and works hard to keep things running smoothly.
I have two grandsons who play in the t-ball league and I’m grateful to Cindy and the Town of Havana for providing such a great opportunity for the youth of our community.
It’s also a hoot to watch these kids learn the game of baseball. Most are clueless when they start but through patient coaching (by more commendable people), by the time they are ready to move up to the next level they’ve got a basic understanding about the sport. But in the meantime they have to be taught how to catch and throw, bat, and run the bases.
The most serious kids pick it up quicker. The less interested dig around in the dirt, tease each other, do pirouettes, gaze in the sky, think about snow cones after the game (mine do), and try to see how many teammates they can beat to the next ground ball. It’s a treat to watch but at the same time nice to know they are being exposed to the Great American Pastime.
The support network is commendable, too. Crowds of parents and grandparents are always on hand lending support to their players. The stands are always full and the budding players get encouragement from every angle.
What’s ironic is that my grandsons’ coach, Joey Davis, is a former player of mine when I coached t-ball many years ago. My, how time flies. But, in reality, it’s a great indicator of the longevity – and success – of Havana’s youth baseball program.
Sometimes I hear people say there’s nothing for youth to do in Havana. Well, that’s not exactly true. This youth program is a good example. More people need to take advantage of it.