Howe youth baseball team wastes no time getting back on the field

Published: May. 31, 2020 at 6:30 PM CDT
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Governor Greg Abbott announced that youth sports, like little league baseball could return March 31st, and for one Texoma little league team, they didn't want to waste a single minute.

At exactly 12:01 Sunday morning, the Howe Bulldogs 14U team hit the practice field for the first time since the pandemic outbreak. Instead of the hot Texas sun shining down, it was practice by the moonlight.

Because they started at the exact moment they were able to, there's a good chance they were one of the first team to practice in the state.

The players say they were counting down the minutes.

"I was sitting in my room, throwing a tennis ball against the wall, catching it," said 3rd baseman Jesse Portman. "I was like man, 'I really need to get out on the field."'

"Just playing with friends," said Howe 1st baseman Kolin Murphy. "Having fun mostly, it's a very fun sport. My Favorite sport.

"It's so nice to finally be out here. Don't tell me about the world today, theirs kids playing baseball. That's what it's all about," said coach Monte Walker. "These kids wanted to be out here. It's been awful for them the last couple of months, not being able to play baseball. But their back and I can tell they have a little spark in their step."

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