By Tamas Mondovics


SPORTS_Gabe Johnson FYSA Rookie White SoxIt is safe to say that a visit to the FishHawk Sports Complex this spring will leave no doubt about the fact that baseball is as strong and important to the community as ever.

Starting its eighth season as a Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth affiliate, the FishHawk Youth Sports Association (FYSA) baseball league began its spring campaign traditionally on opening day in February drawing a large crowd of players, coaches, volunteers and fans to one of the community’s best maintained and top notch ball parks.

Located at 16120 Fishhawk Blvd., the league is boasting of utilizing eight fields making room for its more than 400 players divided into six divisions from T-ball, rookie, minor, major, junior and senior, totaling 54 teams.

“We must admit, things are going very well,” said Fishhawk Youth Baseball President Melissa Franklin, adding that the reason for the league’s continued success has to do with strong community support, great coaching staff and the committed and dedicated volunteers that freely give of their time and resources to make sure everyone enjoys a great time, especially on game-day.

“Competition is important and winning does matter,” Franklin said, but emphasized that the main focusSPORTS_Thomas Jones FYSA Minor Expos is the community as each season is about helping children grow in the sport, forming relationships, along with hard work, which she said, “equals recognition.”

Thanks to the park and the league’s recent successes including last year’s Rookie 8U Navy All-Stars team, which as the state runner-up came in third in the regional tournament in Florence Alabama.

The league’s 12U and 14U teams have also managed to close the season as state runner-up.

The FYSA baseball is also looking forward to hosting, in part, this year’s All-Star district tourney scheduled for June 17-21 and the state tournament the following month.

“All of this is a testimony to the league and our facility’s rising recognition in the state,” Franklin said.


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