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82 Challenge events keep youth swinging

May 24, 2014

Pitcher Ally Fergurson, middle, stands in the circle, while second baseman Paige Flemings, left, and right fielder Josie Reed get ready to defend their positions for the Diamond Girls of Webster County at the 82 Challenge softball tournament on Saturday. (Photo by Jason Edwards, SDN)

Many times with the end of school also means the decrease in opportunities to play sporting events.
That lack of practice can oftentimes place developing athletes behind in their respective sports.
One group in North Mississippi is working to combat that issue with the 82 Challenge Baseball and Softball program.
“These tournaments provide an opportunity for kids to get more practice, get more games in,” 82 Challenge representative Rusty Cumberland said. “With baseball and softball, it doesn’t matter where or with who, but the more you play, the better you get. We simply want to give them the chance to be out in the atmosphere, get more swings in, and get more pitches.”
This is the third year for the program which holds tournaments all “up and down the 82 highway,” hence the organization’s name.

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