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Special Olympics Forsyth County hosts Battle of the Bats
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Special Olympics Forsyth County athletes stepped up to the plate Saturday, making the organization’s eighth annual Battle of the Bats tournament a home run in north Forsyth.

Twenty-nine teams competed in the softball invitational, which was held at Central Park on Keith Bridge Road.

And while about 450 athletes and coaches attended the event, the games brought more than 1,000 people to the fields throughout the day, according to Family Outreach Chair Linda Fitzpatrick.

Forsyth County’s three teams, The Golden Gloves, The Loose Cannons and The Mystic Batters, placed fourth, third and first, respectively, in their divisions.

Fifteen-year-old Mystic Batters athlete Julianne Howell also sang the national anthem at the tournament’s opening ceremony.

Fitzpatrick credits the event’s success to the more than 100 volunteers who helped throughout the day.

“I think the tournament went extremely well, but I think they all do because we have such a dedicated team of volunteers who help put it on,” she said.

While everything ran smoothly and the weather cooperated, Fitzpatrick said that’s not what truly made it a success.

“We measure our success on the fun, fellowship, excitement, number of family members [present] and most importantly, the number of smiles,” she said. “That’s how we measure success.”