Wednesday, June 29 2022

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Children with special needs in the region made a lot of new friends on April 30 thanks to the American pastime. Newburgh Junior Buddy Ball leads his league at the Boys and Girls Club at 700 Bellemeade Ave.

The league has 60 registered children and a few hundred buddies to help out in the league. Everything in the league is free, from registration to jerseys.

There is no age limit for the league as the league has registered players from three to seventy years old. A future goal for the league is to have an adult Buddy Ball league.

“The core of what we do is run a baseball league that gives kids and adults with special needs physical and mental challenges to get out here and play the big game of baseball in an organized way,” the president said. by Buddy Ball, David Ernspiger.

The league typically plays on clay courts, but the Boys and Girls Club has offered the league the option of playing on its brand new grass pitches. Eyewitness News Ron Rhodes is the weekly announcer for the league’s emcee.

“We partnered with them about a year ago, met Ron and got on really well with him. I shared my heart with him and vice versa. This is a perfect opportunity to marry the two organisations, especially working with them on this field project,” says Ernspiger. “It’s an amazing opportunity for our kids and our athletes to come out here and have a great time and a great experience at an incredible facility.”

More information can be found on the Buddy Ball League Facebook page page. Buddy Ball’s photos are below.

Buddy Ball pre-game warm-up from home plate
Buddy Ball President David Ernspiger bringing all the players and buddies together
Pre-match meeting
Play the field at shortstop
Ready to score from 3rd base
Go home to score
Boys and Girls Club logo on new turf

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