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South Harrison Park to ‘play ball’ Saturday

After two years and some stumbles and falls, the South Harrison Athletic Association is ready to celebrate. An open house at South Harrison Park’s new baseball complex Saturday will include the first round of home games ever played on the five diamonds.
Not all is complete, but Mike Carter, president of the SHAA, said the project should be finished within budget by June 1. The facility is similar to Governor Frank O’Bannon Park in Corydon next to the YMCA of Harrison County.
The $822,000 project was initially awarded grant funding March 2004. It required several deadline extensions through the Harrison County Community Foundation and saw a transition in membership of the SHAA board of directors.
The complex will be home to 23 teams in divisions for both girls and boys, ranging from tee ball to the 13- to 15-year-old division. All told, more than 230 youth are already practicing to compete in league play at the park.
Activities begin at 9 a.m. with a ribbon cutting. Games are scheduled to begin at 9:15 a.m. and continue through 5:30 p.m.