Mapleton Little League Back in Action
Interviews with Parks and Rec Director Jacob Graham and players Lane Carmichael, Oliver Woollard and Lucas Woods
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) -
"Your ears and your eyes are NOT deceiving you. Baseball. Actual baseball is being played in the County.
The Mapleton Little League is back for another season and with a lot of community support, even despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
(JG): " Little league in this town is huge. It would've been a big hole if we didn't have it this year. We had overwhelming support. We've put in a lot of guidelines people have to follow and we haven't really had much pushback. People say we're here for the kids and if we have to follow guidelines to make this possible then that's what is most important."
Normally beginning in late May to early June the start of the season was delayed a bit by the pandemic. New guidelines have been put in place to keep everyone safe. One of the guidelines provides an opportunity to watch the game from the comfort of your own car.
(JG): “We have signs up that say people have to be 6 feet apart. I’ve marked some spots on the ground for people to sit. We also ask people if they’re able to just to watch from their vehicle because we are told we have to keep our gatherings to 50 people or less….(JG): " We have hand sanitizer in both dugouts and we ask the kids to use it as frequently as possible. We’ve recommended that they where masks in the dugout...They’re not require to wear them on the field just because it’s uncomfortable to play with a mask on and we do wipe the ball down every time there is a pitching change just to make sure we’re as clean as possible.”
The league which plays kids ages 8-12 had enough participation to fill 5 teams this year. As you can see, the kids are pretty happy to be back on the diamond.
(Lane Carmichael): “As long as we’re playing out here I don’t really care. It’s baseball it is what it is. And this is just great out here because now we can play like we did last year doesn’t really feel like anything happened.”
(Daveson Perez): “How much were you guys missing the game?”
(Oliver Woollard): “Scale of 1-10 probably an 11.”
(Lucas Woods): “Yea same. I missed it a lot.”
In Mapleton, I’m Daveson Perez.
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