PHOTOS BY WALTER PETRUSKA
More than 400 players on 30 teams — 24 baseball and six softball — kicked off the Albany Dixie season on Saturday at the Ken Gardens, Sherwood and Lake Park ball fields. “More than ever, with the bad economy and all, we depend on our corporate sponsors, and we had a record number this year,” said league president Frank Sullivan. “Our program is entirely independent — our funds come from our barbecue and sponsors — we don’t get any funds from the city.” Sullivan added that he is excited about the prospect of the city and county using sales tax funds to building complex to host major youth baseball tournaments.
RITES OF SPRING
Albany Dixie, Dougherty County’s largest youth baseball program, kicked the season off Saturday at Ken Gardens Park. Opening day festivities were held in the evening and at Ken Gardens for the first time, drawing more than 1,000 people to a festival-like atmosphere that was funded by more than 40 corporate team sponsors.