Ball Fields Open In Hancock County - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Ball Fields Open In Hancock County

Residents are building back in one of Katrinas hardest hit areas, Hancock County.

Saturday, two ball fields destroyed by the storm are now back up and running just in time for the start of the season.

 This day of outdoor athletics marks a significant step on the post Katrina road to recovery.

 Catcher Natasha Saucier has been playing softball for 12 years.  Like most of her team mates, she was displaced after Katrina.

Saucier says she felt relieved when she heard the good news that there would be a softball season this year.

 "This is my last year playing so its really important for the memories before I go to college," says Saucier.

Her teammate, pitcher Cindy Fouasnon, is grateful for all of the volunteers.  Fouasnon says without them, there would not be a season.

"We didn't think we would have anywhere to play, but a whole bunch of wonderful people helped us out," says Fouasnon.

With over two hundred kids enjoying a day at the ball fileds, organizers are excited.

Knowing that just last night they were still putting the final touches of the fields.

"We were like we hope we make it. We got everything finished yesterday probably about 8 o'clock," says organizer Renne Jeffrey.

League president Herb Sires says it was quite a struggle getting things together. But they did make their deadline, and he says it was definitely worth the hard work.

"Our kids have just been longing to get out on the fields and play. It was truly a community effort we could not have done it without the help of the community," says Sires.

 "A lot of them, all they had to look forward to is going home to the FEMA camper, playing in debris yards. You cant hardly practice because you have the nails the garbage. I think every one of them are excited. Just look at them," Jeffrey says.

Seventeen teams were in action during today's games.

With players ranging in age from five to eighteen.

Organizers say extra curricular activities, such as baseball and softball, help to keep children out of trouble.

And they are thankful to all of the volunteers from all over the nation who came to lend a helping hand.  

By Keitha Nelson

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Inspector warned duck boat company of design flaws last year

    Inspector warned duck boat company of design flaws last year

    Saturday, July 21 2018 6:13 PM EDT2018-07-21 22:13:06 GMT
    Sunday, July 22 2018 4:25 PM EDT2018-07-22 20:25:47 GMT
    (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People view a row of idled duck boats in the parking lot of Ride the Ducks Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Branson, Mo. One of the company's duck boats capsized Thursday night resulting in several deaths on Table Rock Lake.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People view a row of idled duck boats in the parking lot of Ride the Ducks Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Branson, Mo. One of the company's duck boats capsized Thursday night resulting in several deaths on Table Rock Lake.

    Since 1999, duck boats have been linked to the deaths of more than 40 people, with a troubled safety record on the road and water alike.

    More >>

    Since 1999, duck boats have been linked to the deaths of more than 40 people, with a troubled safety record on the road and water alike.

    More >>
  • Woman accused of sending meth in mail to Allred Unit

    Woman accused of sending meth in mail to Allred Unit

    Friday, July 20 2018 3:49 PM EDT2018-07-20 19:49:06 GMT
    Sara Russell is accused of sending meth in a card meant to be delivered to an inmate at the James V. Allred Unit in Wichita Co. (Source: WCSO)Sara Russell is accused of sending meth in a card meant to be delivered to an inmate at the James V. Allred Unit in Wichita Co. (Source: WCSO)
    Sara Russell is accused of sending meth in a card meant to be delivered to an inmate at the James V. Allred Unit in Wichita Co. (Source: WCSO)Sara Russell is accused of sending meth in a card meant to be delivered to an inmate at the James V. Allred Unit in Wichita Co. (Source: WCSO)

    A woman from Katy, Texas has been booked into the Wichita Co. Jail and charged with Prohibited Substance and Item in Correctional Facility.  

    More >>

    A woman from Katy, Texas has been booked into the Wichita Co. Jail and charged with Prohibited Substance and Item in Correctional Facility.  

    More >>
  • Tornado touches down in east AL Saturday night

    Tornado touches down in east AL Saturday night

    Sunday, July 22 2018 3:48 PM EDT2018-07-22 19:48:42 GMT
    A tornado touched down Saturday night in central Lee County, on the southeast side of Opelika. (Source: WSFA 12 News)A tornado touched down Saturday night in central Lee County, on the southeast side of Opelika. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

    A tornado touched down Saturday night in central Lee County, on the southeast side of Opelika.

    More >>

    A tornado touched down Saturday night in central Lee County, on the southeast side of Opelika.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly