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La Vergne Baseball, Softball Season Saved

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by Emily Luxen

LA VERGNE, Tenn. - Hundreds of kids, parents and coaches were relieved after hearing the spring baseball and softball season will be saved.

They found out it was in jeopardy Tuesday, after the city determined its agreement with the La Vergne Baseball and Softball Association (LBSA) wasn't valid. 

The organization had not provided required proof of corporate and non-profit status, which is a requirement to use city facilities.

Now, city officials are talking to a new organization about managing the league.  They made the announcement in front of parents and coaches who packed into city hall to get the news Wednesday night.

"The first thing we want to do is get the details hammered out," said A.C. Davis, the La Vergne Parks and Recreation Director. "When that is done we will open fields for practice, and then go through the registration process."

Davis said all existing teams will compete in a full season.  All players will have to re-register with the new organization, but fees will be substantially lower than with LBSA. 

The opening day of the season will likely be delayed 2-3 weeks.

Davis was not releasing the name of the new organization that would run the league until the agreement is official. 

He was hopeful that the Mayor of La Vergne and Aldermen would vote at their meeting April 2, and practice would begin immediately afterwards.

Several parents asked questions about the logistics of switching to a new organization, but many left the meeting feeling encouraged by the news.

"We're happy we will have spring ball," said parent and coach Amber Carder. "It may be a little late, but we'll have ball.  That is the main goal."

No representatives from the LBSA were at the meeting, but Commissioner Mike Catanese said previously, he hoped an agreement would be reached so kids could play.

Parents are encouraged to contact the LBSA directly if they have already paid fees and costs to the LBSA for their children to participate in this year's baseball and softball leagues. All families will be offered a refund.

They can attend meetings Thursday, March 28 from 6:30-8 p.m. and again on Friday, March 29, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn at 2631 Highwood Blvd. in Smyrna to get refunds.



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