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Central Park opening set for Saturday
Central Park

This weekend, bats will start cracking for youth baseball and softball at Central Park.

Starting at 10 a.m., the Central Park Athletic Association will host its opening event at the park, located at 2300 Keith Bridge Road. Jennifer Barnett, with the athletic association, said players, parents and coaches are ready to get the season started.

“I think everyone is anxious and excited,” Barnett said. “I think everyone is excited to get the ball rolling. We’re ready for some nicer weather and to be outside and playing in the dirt and all of that fun stuff. It’s been awesome. The kids are already making new friends, so I think everyone is just anxious and excited.”

Along with games, the event will feature comments from Cumming Mayor Troy Brumbalow, District 1 County Commissioner Pete Amos and District 27 state representative and gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams.

Barnett said there will also be activities and vendors there.

“We’ll have a few local vendors out, like a bouncy house for the kids,” she said. “[And we will be] announcing our fundraisers with the Gwinnett Stripers.”

She said there would also be fundraising events with local businesses.

At opening day, attendees will have a chance to enter a competition sponsored by the highest league of pro baseball.

“We’re going to have MLB Pitch Hit Run Competition. We’ll be hosting that for the first time ever,” Barnett said. “The players will have a chance to advance all the way to nationals.”

Barnett said any players who advances past local, state and regional competitions will go to the national competition, held in Washington as part of MLB’s All-Star Game week.