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Coaches and Players Clean Up Baseball Fields After Tornado

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MT. JULIET, Tenn. - The snow didn't stop volunteers from heading to the baseball fields in Mt. Juliet on Saturday morning. An EF 2 tornado hit the city on Wednesday, leaving a mess to clean up.

"It used to be like…bright, but now it's all like dark and destroyed," Little Leaguer Hoyt Griner said about the baseball fields.

February 2nd has been circled on their calendar for weeks.

"We (were) actually supposed to do tryouts today for ball," Coach Bobby Wood, member of the Board of Directors for Mt. Juliet's Little League Organization said.

But instead of having their bat and gloves, they're holding trash bags helping to clean up.

"When my mom gave me the e-mail she said dad wants you to come," Griner said. "And I said, ‘I was thinking the same thing.'"

"I'm finding lots of trash and stuff, like trash cans that fly around," Little Leaguer Hunter Kinzer said.

The tornado brought with it 115 mile per hour winds that mangled bleachers, crushed fences and littered the field with debris from nearby businesses.

"When I first entered the park it's just like not again because this is like round number three for us in three years," Wood said.

Yet again volunteers showed up, this time braving the cold to help clean up because for them it's about more than just fun and games.

"I love seeing kids that struggle that (are) good at something," Wood said about the impact baseball has on the students. "It's that five or six hours a week that parents can be proud of their children."

"I like playing baseball," Kinzer said. "It's hard waiting a little longer to play."

"Fall and spring it's what we do," father Jimmy Griner added. "It's the way we spend our weekends and we enjoy it quite a bit."

That's why so many are pitching in because the faster they clean this up, "The faster we get to play," Kinzer said with a smile.

 

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