First games of the season for the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County

BEDFORD – The first games of the season for the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County were played Saturday morning, which featured the BNL Softball Team throwing out the first pitch.

Head Coach Brad Gilbert throwing out the first pitch

Boys & Girls Club Athletic Director Kristen Calantine hopes that this season will provide a great learning experience for all of the children this year.

BNL Softball Team will face off on Wednesday, May 25th against the winner of the Seymour vs. Floyd Central

“I want them to have fun, that is the most important thing. I want them to have the opportunity to walk away having learned something this season,” said Calantine. “We only had a few girls sign up for softball this year, and so we had to place them on co-ed teams. Some of them have never played baseball, so it will be a great opportunity for them to learn and work together.”

Kristen Calantine

Boys & Girls Club Director Frank Decker said being able to watch the teams play and work together will be a great way to watch the children grow into who they are.

“We have a total of 13 teams participating in our league this year, from t-ball to youth pitch baseball, so it will be great to watch these teams play this year,” Decker said. “This will teach them to work well together, and offer a different perspective for the children this year, especially those younger girls who wanted to sign up for softball. They will have a great opportunity this year, to learn the ins and outs of the game as a part of the co-ed baseball team.”

Kevin Masterson, Mike Strunk, and Jim Kirkman during the flag raising ceremony