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MYBA looks into need for new facility for summer league

By By Steve Swogetinsky / special to The Star
March 25, 2004
The board of directors of the Meridian Youth Baseball Association is reviewing its plans to determine whether their program has outgrown Phil Hardin Park.
Some of the problems include aging facilities, the size of the fields, lack of space to grow and the location of park. When the association hosts a tournament, folks from out of town often have a hard time finding the complex.
The board uses Phil Hardin for its 9-12-year-old summer baseball leagues with 20 teams competing. Dan Derrington, president of the board, said the association would be meeting with the mayor and city recreation department to discuss the matter.
Derrington said that the city would be putting a new public address system in at Phil Hardin for this season.
Preseason tournaments
on the horizon
The Meridian youth baseball season will be here for you know it.
Teams are already practicing for the 9-14 year old age leagues. The 9-10 and 11-12 year-old leagues will have opening ceremonies at the Phil Hardin Field on April 5. Action gets under way with their preseason tournaments. Meanwhile, the 13-14 year-olds will start their preseason tournament April 12.
Golf tournament winners
The team of Johnny Boykin, Jerry Simmons and John McAllister won the Mississippi Power Co.'s Relay For Life Golf Tournament this past Saturday at the Lakewood Golf Course. The winners received gift certificates.
Table tennis anyone?
James Hearn is hoping that a table-tennis tournament he is planning for April 5 could lead to a city league for interested players.
The tournament is set for April 3 and will be held at the Boys and Girls Club of East Mississippi, located at 1717 45th Ave.
Those interested in playing in the tournament can call 527-4005.