Norwich community comes together for a special baseball game

The 7th annual Baseball Buddies game was held in Norwich Wednesday night. This contest pairs special needs students with current or former purple tornado athletes for a friendly game of the national pastime.

Posted: Jun 6, 2018 11:38 PM

Seven years ago, Dan Carson started the Baseball Buddies game at the Norwich Little Field behind the middle school and now it's grown into a huge community event.

"This is awesome to see," said Carson. "This has been growing every year so to see this many kids here and have the music going and concession stand. We've definitely ironed out the kinks over the years so it's so fun now."

Each year, friendships on the diamond are renewed.

"I've been doing Baseball Buddies with 2 of my best friends I know from high school," said Amanda Powell. "Their names are Danny and Michael Carson and I love em, they're sweet and kind to be around me. I can't wait to win the game."

This is a four inning contest. Each player gets a chance to play in the field and bat at least once per inning with their buddy by their side.

"It's a great experience for me and the kids because we get a chance to come here and play baseball and have some fun. You having fun? Yeah.

The kids weren't the only ones smiling!

"To me it warms my heart," said Buster Crandall, a player parent. "To see all these high school kids come together as well to pitch in and volunteer their time is very impressive."

"This is such an exciting program because he won't sit still for little league and we've tried other organized sports," said Jeni Cox. "He doesn't do that well because he loves dirt and loves to just run. So it's exciting to watch him just play."

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