Little Sister Keenysia threw out the first pitch during Opening Day, Sept. 5 at the brand-new Harry Dallara Baseball Field in Tryon.
The grand opening celebration included a field dedication, a Little League game, and speeches from several dignitaries. It also included recognition of the Tryon All-Stars, a Negro League team that played during the 1940s. Jimmy Young was a player with the All-Stars, and three of his great-nieces – sisters Jakariah, Keenysia, and Chantella – played in the day’s Little League game to commemorate the occasion.
Jakariah and Keenysia are Little Sisters in Polk County, and they gave their all during the 11-11 tie game, which was watched by Keenysia’s Big Sister, Becky. The teams were coached by Tryon’s own Joel Booker, a minor league player for the Chicago White Sox.
The Young family really embraced this community celebration. Their enthusiastic participation helped make the event a lot of fun for the kids. The family will receive two donated Ingle’s gift certificates, one for each Little, for the tremendous energy and enthusiasm they brought to this event.