Spring made its official return this week and, maybe even more importantly, so did the boys and girls of summer.
Complete with a flyover, Waxahachie Indian baseball players and coaches, and a couple hundred parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, the spring season of the Waxahachie Youth Baseball Association began Saturday morning.
Yes, it is time for Cracker Jacks, sunshine and baseball.
Over 1,000 kids signed up to play on one of 90 teams registered for the spring season of Waxahachie Youth Baseball Association. On Saturday morning, those in attendance to the Optimist Baseball Field Complex in Waxahachie were treated to a couple ceremonial first pitches caught by members of the Waxahachie Indian baseball team.
Games, and the season, then commenced across Curry, MT Patrick, Robnett and Volentine Fields, once again restoring the pageantry of youth baseball in Waxahachie.
Baseball and softball players ages 3 to 18 are eligible for one of 10 baseball or four softball leagues that run from late March through early June.
Last spring the Waxahachie Youth Baseball Association (WYBA) had nearly 900 baseball and 200 softball players register. The leagues saw around 2,700 athletes register in the spring, summer and fall leagues in 2017 — up from about 2,350 in 2016.
Baseball divisions include Blastball (3-4), 5U t-ball, 6U modified t-ball, 7U and 8U coach pitch, 9U and 10U kid pitch, and 11-12U, 13-4U and 15-18 regular baseball.
Softball divisions include 8U coach fastpitch, as well as 10U, 12U and 15U fastpitch.
For more information, schedules or results, visit www.wybonline.org. The Daily Light will also publish results from the week prior each Wednesday.
All photos by Kirk Holt/Daily Light