The Henderson Boys Baseball Association has big plans for the 2020 season, according to association officials.
They have kicked off the MLB’s Pitch, Hit, and Run competition as of the first of the year. Registration runs through Feb. 10 on-line and in-person registration is on Feb. 8.
According to Kirk Greenhouse, it’s going to be an exciting season.
“We have several plans in the works with the contest, the draft and opening day ceremonies,” he said Monday in a phone interview.
“This is the fourth year we’ve started off with the local competition,” he said. “However, there may be some people from Oklahoma and Louisiana who may be participating.”
Henderson is an open contest. Forms for local players are available at the Boys & Girls club of Rusk County.
“We have expanded to include 5 & 6 year old t-ball this year,” he said. “Prices for registration are $85 for t-ball, and $100 for ages 7 - 14, multiple players in a family is $85.”
There are three steps to the completion – local, sectional and state at the Texas Ranger’s Stadium in Arlington.
“We have had several players make it to the state level,” Greenhouse said.
It’s a free event to the public.
The HBBA also has a full schedule of events to mark the season’s opening.
The draft will commence on Feb. 13 for the 2020 season, with opening day set for March 20.
Thursday will be the pitch, hit and run competition.
Friday will be opening ceremonies and dedications of the fields and the first games under the lights
Saturday will be more game play.
A Grand re-Opening of the fields with a ribbon cutting ceremony by the city manager, chamber of commerce and others will take place on March 20.
One of the fields will be dedicated to VeraBank as one of the association’s sponsors for the brand new field lights.
Cody Wayne will present a free concert from 6-9 p.m.
A raffle will be held with prizes to be awarded during lunch on the March 21.
“All this and more to celebrate the new state of the art stadium lights that were made possible from donations by the City of Henderson, Verabank, MLB, Henderson Federal, and many more,” Greenhouse said.
HBBA will also be bidding on regional and state level tournaments this year to accompany the district tournaments we normally host.
The association has always hosted district tournaments. They would host regional tourneys in hopes to bring more people into the community.
Other improvements to the ballpark including new scoring platforms for the fields, expanded concession stand, security camera system to monitor the park.
Future plans are to add an awning in front of the batting cages, create a covered central picnic area, and to continue to clear and maintain the walking trails throughout the base of the park.