“The councilman hasn’t thrown a ball in two years,” commented 1st District City Councilman Jim Kraft, getting ready to throw out the first pitch on opening day of his Southeast Schools Baseball League last Tuesday.
“What do you say, Bob?” he said, looking to Bob Wall, recreation chief of Recreation and Parks, for advice.
“A little bit of loft,” replied Wall, and the pitch went off without a hitch.
The league, which this year includes teams from 10 area schools, has grown since its start four years ago, with six teams. Just last year, the league had seven teams.
The free, coed league is open to fourth- and fifth-graders from City Springs School, Holabird Academy, Graceland Park-O’Donnell Heights Elementary School, Highlandtown 215, Highlandtown 237, Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School, Patterson Park Public Charter School, Hampstead Hill Academy, William Paca Elementary School, and Wolfe Street Academy.
Kraft said that the league is still in need of umpires and coaches. Games are 4-6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Jeff Amoros of Kraft’s office is coordinating the league. He said that equipment came from donations by individuals and businesses throughout the 1st District. Kraft said that the hats and shirts came from Recreation and Parks.
League games are in Patterson Park.
“I wish you guys a lot of success in the best back yard in Baltimore,” said Wall. “It always gives me great pleasure–as well as representing the mayor and my director, Ernest Burkeen, to come out here and support you guys.”
Anyone wishing to volunteer as a coach or umpire may contact Kraft’s office at 410-396-4821.
by Erik Zygmont