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Play Ball: Little League returns to Compton

April 18, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
After a nearly 10-year hiatus Little League Baseball is teeing-off again in Compton. Saturday marked the grand reopening of the Compton Little League.Over 100 kids on 20 teams showed up to play this weekend. Many were playing organized baseball for the first time, but it wasn't only the children who were excited.

""I was so happy to see him slide in home, it was just amazing to me," said William Wilson, whose son played Saturday. "I am a proud father."

Compton's little league program closed in 2001 because a lack of leadership, inadequate park space and financial constraints.

Now the league has a new state-of-the facility at El Camino College. The 15-acre facility features four fields, grandstand seating, dugouts, lights, and a 12,000 foot clubhouse.

The league's return was made possible by several professional players, who donated funds to the Torii Hunter Project. Torii Hunter, who plays for the Los Angeles Angels, runs the foundation which made the donation of more than $10,000 to reopen the league and provide new equipment and uniforms.

Many of the players who donated to the foundation once played little league in Compton.

"Now we are going to see our kids grow in regards to how to play player. How to handle failure, how to handle success and how to be a better player" said former Angels' player Darrell Miller. MORE LOCAL HEADLINES FROM LOS ANGELES

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