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Teens organize team after baseball season canceled

Posted at 10:15 PM, Aug 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-15 23:38:41-04

VERSAILLES, Ky. (LEX 18) — Due to COVID19, many youth baseball games have either been canceled or postponed.

But two teenage boys wanted to find a way to keep playing so they started a team of their own.

"All of our seasons ended so we just wanted to come out here and play some ball," said 14-year-old Grant Gambrell.

Grant knew that a baseball tournament was planned for Saturday, August 15 at the Woodford County Middle School. But with his own season over, he needed a team in order to play.

With the help of his friend, Duncan Gaunce, they got a team together.

"Grant just came home one day and said 'you want to make a team?' So I told my dad, (and) he said, 'y'all figure it out.' And we just all started to play," says Gaunce.

They even recruited other kids to play, found old jerseys, and registered for the tournament all on their own.

Jaime Daugherty is a mother of one of the boys on the team and she says the cancellations with COVID have been tough on the kids.

"It's been really difficult. These kids want to be outside. The last thing you want to do is keep them inside when it's warm. Even as a parent, without COVID going on, you want your kids to be outside and with their friends and riding their bikes. So playing summer baseball is what summer is all about, especially for the kids that love it," said Daugherty.