Friday the 13th didn’t stop the Andrews Dixie Youth Booster Club Jamboree.
The club had its annual jamboree on Friday, Mar. 13 at Olive Park in Andrews.
Andrews Dixie Youth features 17 teams: 14 baseball (four tee ball, five rookie teams, three coach pitch, one minor league and one Ozone) and three softball. Players on the teams range from age three to 12. After school baseball is over, the Dixie Boys and Belles also have teams made up of kids aged 13 to 14.
The club held 12 games on Friday night and honored Ashely Avant before the games began. Avant, who grew up in Andrews and was heavily involved in Andrews youth baseball, was tragically killed in a drunk driving accident in October. Her oldest daughter, AnLee, and twin daughters, Lydia and Evie, each took turns throwing out the first pitch before a softball game to Andrews High softball catcher and Avant’s niece, Camie Samson. Avant’s husband, Ken, her parents and other family members were also in attendance.
MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) for Ashley made Avant a banner with a Lilly Pulitzer angel wings design.
“We’ll hang it during the season if there is a season,” Andrews Dixie Youth Booster Club president Janelle Skipper said.
The season is currently suspended because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Andrews mayor Frank McClary threw out the first pitch before a baseball game to Ozone player Riley Jordan.
Teams from Georgetown and Pleasant Hill also came to play in the jamboree.
The Andrews Dixie Youth Booster Club is run by a board of directors that consists of nine people: Skipper, vice president Lane Taylor, secretaries Rae Jordan and Travis Nesbitt, treasurer Sheila Ward, Thomas McCants, Wade Cook, Ted Smith and Dustin Bass.
“It’s all volunteer,” Skipper said. “From the shopping at Sam’s Club to filling up the canteens to being the last to leave the field. There are lots of hours we put in to make sure this organization runs. It’s all about putting smiles on the kids’ faces.”
Skipper hopes the club is able to salvage the season.
“Even though the season is shut down, I hope we can start again soon and the kids can play ball,” she said.