By T. Scott Boatright
It’s finally about time for the cry of “Batter Up” to be heard as Buddy Ball returns to Ruston Saturday.
After not being played at all in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Buddy Ball will start it’s 2021 spring season on a new field at the Ruston Sports Complex.
Younger teams will play at 10 a.m. while older teams will play at 11 a.m.
Buddy Ball is a nonprofit organization that opens up the great American pastime of softball to special needs children from the area that range in age from 4-21 whose disabilities prevent them from playing on other softball teams. We hold Fall and Spring seasons every year.
Registration and participation are free thanks to donors. Gloves, bats, balls and gear are provided to every player along with a team jersey.
Buddy Ball of Ruston works with local organizations to arrange for qualified, enthusiastic volunteers to help the players hit, throw and catch on the ball field. Everybody plays, and everyone’s a winner.
Returning players do not need to register. There is a no fee for Buddy Ball, but participants must be registered, so new players are asked to contact the organization on Facebook on the Buddy Ball of Ruston or by calling 318-243-3842.