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Challenger Sundays

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Parker Naponic, Kit Scoggins, Blair Elder, Jack Grodin, Robert Ryan, Dalton Tobola

Parker Naponic, Kit Scoggins, Blair Elder, Jack Grodin, Robert Ryan, and Dalton Tobola

The spring season of the Challenger Division of West University Little League is underway, and the Yankees are having a great season. Challenger provides an opportunity for children with special needs, ages 5 through 22, or the final year of high school (whichever comes first), to play baseball. The Yankees are coached by parents Jared Grodin, Drew Scoggins, and Sam Stafford. This season's lineup includes (pictured, from left) Parker Naponic, Kit Scoggins, Blair Elder, Jack Grodin, Robert Ryan, and Dalton Tobola. Baseball players from local high schools assist with pitching, catching, and various fielding positions. Each game consists of two complete innings, affording every player the opportunity to bat twice. Scores are not tallied, and outs are not recorded. The season comprises six games, all held on Sunday afternoons at the West U Little League fields. The success of Challenger baseball hinges on the dedication of volunteers, including teen buddies who assist players on the field. For more information, see westull.org/challenger.

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