Summer nights are for baseball

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It’s been 80 years since the first baseball game was played at Fleming Stadium. Since then, the teams and the leagues have changed, but the fun of going to the baseball game has stayed the same.

“There is a really good core group that come all season long,” said Joni Shelton.

Shelton, of Saratoga, is a host family volunteer, taking in Wilson Tobs players during the season. Shelton also shoots pictures of the players in action.

“I just shoot for myself and the boys out here. It allows their families to see them playing.”

Jarrett Henderson of Pinetops brings his 6-year-old son, Caleb, regularly.

“I work in Wilson, and we come once or twice a week, or try to,” Henderson said. “It’s a good family atmosphere. They keep everybody engaged between innings, and he likes (Tobs mascot) Slugger.”

Ten-year-old Tobs fan Claire Carter of Wilson had a baseball signed by 28 players, and she was just waiting for the right moment to go after the 29th to complete the Tobs team.

“I like watching the players,” Claire said. “If they were to hit a home run, you can take a parent with you, and you can go out there and get the home run ball.”