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Nederland Little League says goodbye to baseball field
NEDERLAND - by Lauren Huet
After fifty years of baseball at the Shane Isom Field on Chevron property, Chevron is asking the Nederland Little League to relocate due to safety concerns. Trophies were handed out today and goodbyes were said to a baseball field of memories. Former little league players say the field may go, but the memories will last forever.
"You think of Nederland Little League, this is what you think of right here," said Ed Seymour. "This has been out here for 50 plus years. It's a bittersweet day, but it's still it's going to be a memory that lasts a life time."
Ed Seymour is a Nederaland Little League coach. He played on this baseball field when he was a kid, and so have his sons.
"I'm glad my older boys have come through here, now my youngest one is in his 11 year old year, so he gets to be a part of the last season at this ball park. It will be something that's cherished forever," said Seymour.
Cherished memories like hitting that first home run.
"I just felt like excited and just the feel of it's amazing," said Jackson Evans, who is a Nederland Little League baseball player.
"Because you get to run all the way around the bases and everybody congratulates you at home plate," said Brock Holton, who is also a Nederland Little League baseball player.
"I'm just sad that it's going to have to leave and that the refinery is taking it away," said Evans.
Chevron donated 100 thousand dollars to help the league relocate and Sunoco is leasing 13 acres to the little league for only one dollar per year. That's where the new baseball field is being built.
Nederland Little League needs 600 thousand dollars by July 1, to get the new field ready to play by April 2015. The little league is still about 150 thousand dollars short of its goal and is asking the community for help.
"We're getting some help from the community, companies, and city folk," said Jimmy Harrison, the chairman of the new field. "So, it's been a struggle but we are getting some momentum right now and getting some folks on board."
So families can continue the tradition of playing America's favorite pasttime.
"So, you go back to the early 50's when this league actually started, and you've got a lot of father, son, grandson combinations that have played the game," said Lynn Hawkins, who played in Nederland Little League from 1955-1958. Hawkins played before the Shane Isom Field was built.
"Little league, it's what baseball is all about to me," said Seymour. "It's fun, it's exciting, it's memories. And that's the biggest part of it."
If you would like to donate to the Nederland Little League's new baseball field, you can contact Jimmy Harrison (409-344-3612). Or, you can visit the group's Facebook page and website.