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PHOTO GALLERY: For Columbia T-ball players, it's all in fun

By Megan Donohue
June 6, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
The Padres played the Cardinals on May 29 and the Tigers on Wednesday in a Columbia T-ball league at the Daniel Boone Little League Field.

COLUMBIA — All the Padres players on the field who weren’t crouched down filling their gloves with dirt raced after the ball as it rolled past second base during the Padres vs. Cardinals T-ball game May 29 at the Daniel Boone Little League Field.

“I never get the ball!” Henry McIntosh, 4, cried as he ran to his dad in the outfield.

“It’s OK sport, you’ll get it next time, I know it,” Tim McIntosh said, patting his son on the back and sending him back to his second-base position.

For many of the parents, the weekly or biweekly T-ball games are a time of relaxation and fun, said Tracy Stover, mother of Padres player Brayden Stover, 5. “It’s a good laugh because they’re so cute. They’re so eager and they just want to learn.”

Many of the players have been playing T-ball for a while now, Stover said. She and her husband, Eric, began teaching Brayden to play from the time he could hold a bat.

“I have video of him in a stroller with me pitching the ball and him hitting it, and he was 18 months old,” Tracy Stover said.

T-ball also gives Brayden and his teammates an opportunity to show their personalities, Stover said. For Brayden, that usually means dancing and spinning around the field the whole game, and always sliding into home plate.

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