As East Tennessee State University started the first game of a doubleheader against Florida Gulf Coast University Saturday, both teams were being carefully watched by some Little Leaguers in the crowd.
Sitting in the stands near third base, Trenten Carr, Dalten Carr and Brysen Orsborne came dressed in last year’s WEMB and Triple J Automotive Little League uniforms in order to gain free admission for the game at Thomas Stadium during Little League Weekend.
Earlier this month, head coach Tony Skole and the ETSU baseball team held a free baseball clinic for local Little Leaguers and invited the Little Leaguers back again for Friday and Saturday’s games to enjoy for free by dressing in their Little League uniforms.
Joined by Tim Bennett and Jason Carr, Trenten Carr said it was his first time seeing an ETSU baseball game and said it was cool “just seeing these guys play and I can learn more.”
Trenten said he usually plays second base during baseball season, but said he enjoys all aspects of baseball.
“I just like playing,” he said. “It’s fun.”
Brandon Hudson, ETSU athletics ticket manager, said the Little League Weekend was a way of reaching out to the community.
“They’re the future Buc fans and hopefully future Buc baseball players, too,” Hudson said. “We’ve got a lot of local people on the team and we hope to keep that trend continuing for years to come ... both on the field and in the stands. We want to be a part of the community and have everybody out here.”
He said originally Little League Weekend was planned for Friday, Saturday and today, but because of a forecast of rain for today, the teams decided to play a doubleheader on Saturday instead.
Hudson said another kids day is scheduled for sometime next month.
For more information on ETSU baseball, visit ETSUBucs.com.