Mt. Juliet Little League rallying after park hit by tornado
MOUNT JULIET, TN (WSMV) -
One Middle Tennessee youth baseball league has endured a double-header disaster. Its park was hit by a tornado Wednesday, soon after finally recovering from the flood of 2010.
But, in true Middle Tennessee spirit, the Mt. Juliet Little League is rallying.
"Yesterday it looked like a giant had come across, picked up a row of bleachers and just thrown it into this backstop. That's about a $20,000 job," said volunteer field manager Ed Tignor.
That's the story at the Little League park: expensive damage, and most of it is difficult to fix.
Netting has been ripped and destroyed and electrical cables have been jerked down to the ground.
For some of the damage, they don't know how much it even costs. A few large wooden poles towering 30 to 40 feet that had been there for decades are snapped and now need to be replaced.
Tignor is feeling a little like Yogi Berra, who said "It's deja vu all over again."
However, it's the reality in Mt. Juliet.
In 2010, the flood destroyed the fields washing away about $40,000 in property.
"We just didn't have enough time to save back up, and now we've had this tornado come through, and it's just totally hit us," Tignor said.
But don't despair. Just 48 hours ago, some believed the league would have to cancel spring ball. Now, tryouts are only postponed for one week because volunteers like Tignor came out of nowhere to help clean up and rebuild.
Mt. Juliet rallied around its own precious Little League, and as it turns out the game is far from over.
"I played here since I was 5. When I was that age, there were guys here doing this for me. Now it's my time," Tignor said. "To have them not be able to play, it's not even thinkable."
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