Indianola Field Day set for Sunday

INDIANOLA — The first Indianola Field Day will be held June 9, and those behind the event hope it will be the first in a long series.

INDIANOLA — The first Indianola Field Day will be held June 9, and those behind the event hope it will be the first in a long series.

The field, which was recently transformed from a waterlogged, twisted-fence mess into a practice and play field, will feature food, music, and baseball, baseball, baseball beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday.

The event is a fund raiser for the Greater Peninsula Conservancy, the group of people and organizations that helps oversee the ballfield’s revitalization.

The funds will be raised with money spent on concessions, plus the $10 entry cost for the “Baseball Olympics,” a skills competition for kids from 8-15 years old.

Individual admission is $2.

The skills competition will kick off the day. Kids will compete in five events for points: speed pitch and accuracy; fly ball on the run and throw; infielding; line-drive target hit; and home run derby.

“We’re going to be real busy,” said Indianola Ballfield Association member Dave Hord, who spent a recent weekend helping to test out the equipment — from radar guns to pitching machines — that will help make the competition fun.

The work will be worth it, Hord believes; especially for the kids, who have some trophies waiting for them if they win.

“The trophies are three feet tall. It’s going to knock the kids over when they see the trophy table,” Hord said.

While the skills competition will undoubtedly be a highlight for the kids who win, it’s not the only event Sunday.

There will be plenty of food; music provided by the bluegrass band Doublestop; and a pair of baseball tournament games between the Kingston Knights and two yet-to-be-determined teams from Bainbridge Island.

The exhibition tournament will last from about 4 to 7 p.m.

The games will be followed by one more event: a 16-and-over home run derby.

Hord and other people who helped turn the Indianola Field into what it is will be happy to see the field swarming with kids on Sunday.

“We’ve come a long way,” Hord said. “That’s for sure.”

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