Bringing the Heat at Kreager Park

By Scott Sarvay
By Max Resnik

July 22, 2011 Updated Jul 22, 2011 at 6:02 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Hot, thick, sticky air made its rounds in Fort Wayne again this morning, but it was not enough to slow down Mr. Mac Day in the Wildcat Baseball League.

More than 1,000 ballplayers and their parents braved the hot temperatures for activities ranging from base running and accuracy throw to hitting-off-the-tee and two all-star games. Wildcats and Wildkitties had plenty to cheer about today.

Nick Brown, a 13-year-old Wildcat ballplayer, loves the more than 50 year tradition of the league.

“It’s really something to get out there and do because it’s really fun.”

Bill Derbyshire, President of the Wildcat Baseball League, says that fun is the result of the hard work of the coaches.

“They get to participate in an activity that our coaches care about. They watch for them. They take care to make sure that they are learning baseball skills in the correct way, in the correct manner."

The popularity surrounding the Wildcat Baseball League is huge as nearly 3,000 young boys and girls participate in the seven week-long program. Each kid makes the team and each kid gets to play. Derbyshire says it is the work of the McMillen foundation that allows so many kids to have so much fun each summer.

“The only expense they might have would be for a cap and shirt, and if they have a cap and shirt from the pervious year, there's no expense. We don't have a registration fee or anything like that."

Derbyshire also says the league and the parks department took the steps necessary this morning to ensure safety for the ballplayers and their families.

“They [parks] have provided water coolers around the park. There's a water feature at the west end of the park that kids can get into and shelter tents. We've just tried to think of everything that we could and obviously we're doing the best we can."

Paramedics were also on standby to help any players or parents who needed help.

For more information on how you can get your children on next summer’s roster, click the link above titled “Wildcat Baseball League.”

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