The Farmers Insurance Dinos and Mill’s Ace Hardware took to the Lincoln City Christian School Diamond Monday evening in a Tee-ball game that saw numerous hits and runs scored.
One highlight from the game saw a Mills Ace Hardware player slide into home, but he came up about six-feet short. Smiles could be seen on spectator’s faces.
Dinos Head Coach Bill McCorkle said he was understaffed at game time, fielding just five players due to a birthday party and the threat of rain. Because Tee-ball is an instructional league, the game goes on no matter the player count. Everyone bats, and everyone scores.
Lincoln City’s Tee-ball league consists of four teams, sponsored by Farmers Insurance Charlotte Lehto Agency, Mills Ace Hardware, Les Schwab and Andrews Ersoff & Zantello.
McCorkle’s daughter, five-year-old Rebecca, said she loves playing baseball.
“Pitching and batting is fun,” she said. “I’ve learned to stop the ball, you know, keep it in front of me, and to keep running.”
The younger McCorkle said this was her first organized sport and she looks forward to playing more. Rebecca went 2-2 with two runs scored.
Mills Ace Hardware Head Coach Jesse Seals said his job is to teach kids the fundamentals of the game.
“This is where they start. This gets them into baseball,” Seals said as one of his players smashed a triple. “We’re not here to yell at the kids, we encourage them.”
One of the main jobs for a tee-ball head coach is keeping his players focused on the task at hand, such as running after they hit the ball. McCorkle says his greatest accomplishment this year has been his team’s ability to keep the ball in front of them, something of a rarity in Tee-ball leagues. Both of the coaches said they were happy the kids could play again, citing the lack of a 2020 season due to COVID-19.
Lincoln City Christian School, formerly Lincoln City Seventh-day Adventist School, lets Lincoln City Youth League use their field for free in an effort to bring the community together, Principal John McCombs says.
“This is good outreach for us to help bring the community closer together,” he said. “Serving the community is important to us.”
Tee-ball games usually last three innings, with some games lasting an hour, but tonight’s matchup lasted only two as rain started to fall. Kids and parents made their way to vehicles, with shouts of “We’ve got a game Wednesday” and “Nice job everyone” following them.
Everyone bats, everyone scores and everyone has fun.