Flagler County hosts Babe Ruth All-Star Tournament for first time in eight years
Over 1 1/2 years ago, the baseball fields at the Flagler County Recreational Area in Bunnell were “unplayable,” according to Barry Clymer, District 9 commissioner of the Florida Babe Ruth Baseball league.
The issue: lip buildup, or when dirt gets on the grass infield lining from dragging or from play. A lip that is too high, in the case of the county’s recreational fields, can create unsafe field conditions.
“The county has done such an amazing job getting the fields ready and prepping them for this tournament,” said Flagler Baseball Board Member Carolyn Casper, who has a son on the Flagler Bombers’ 12U team. “We’ve been preparing for this for a while.”
District 9’s league is composed of teams from Flagler, Ormond Beach, South Daytona Beach, Port Orange, New Smyrna Beach, DeBary and Sanford. Age groups start as young as 4 for T-ball up to the 15U division. The teams are made up the top performers from the recreational baseball season.
“Most of the kids and parents have had a really good time,” said Clymer, who has been the commissioner of District 9 for the past decade. “Just to see this whole atmosphere is so much fun. This is a great atmosphere for baseball.”