-Information and photos courtesy Bunn Parks and Recreation
Recreational baseball has not been played in the town of Bunn, NC in four years. Not so long ago Bunn had a successful youth baseball and softball program with multiple Dixie and Tarheel League championships, but like many recreational leagues around the county, youth sports funding was cut and youth teams have suffered.
The Franklin County School Board was helpful in getting a discounted rate for the Bunn Middle School softball field. Dr. Larry Webb with Franklin County Schools, Michael Focus from the communications office and Diane Marks helped coordinate the fields.
The staff from Bunn Middle School, including Dr. Latoia Valentine, principal, and Bunn Middle School’s baseball coach Robert Pendleton helped with logistics on the ground.
With the help of volunteer parents using their own money and resources, kids in the town of Bunn and surrounding areas get to play tee ball and coach pitch baseball at no cost to their parents and grandparents. Thanks to this support, over 80 kids registered to play this season.
This season, team names honor the Dixie 2006 Coach Pitch District 10 champions and recent Bunn football greats Tarik Cohen and Johnathan Alston. The other team names include Spencer Brickhouse, Tevin Perry, Nicholas Saunders and Trevor Gupton – members of the 2006 Dixie Coach Pitch Championship team.
The future of the league depends on continued support, but as of right now, youth baseball is back in the town of Bunn, NC and the kids are having a blast!
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