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Shepherd Youth League hosts closing ceremonies, gets ready for state tournament

May 29, 2018 GMT

Shepherd Youth League held its closing ceremonies on May 24 at the Shepherd Middle School gym where it celebrated a season of success and engaging children in baseball and softball.

According to President Stephen Chamblee, this season is 100 percent better than it has ever been.

“You’ve got more kids,” he said. “We raised more money for these kids and we’ve done more for these kids this year.”

Chamblee says the number of children participating in the Shepherd Youth League estimates just under 400, which he believes is 10 percent more than last year’s season.

The All-Star season is set to start soon. Chamblee believes the Shepherd Youth League teams will do well this year.

“Every team in Shepherd should compete or win district,” he said.

Chamblee believes many of the teams are expected to head to the state tournaments. The state tournament for the Ponytails softball division is set to be held in Shepherd on July 13.

“There’s going to be a bunch of teams,” said Chamblee.

According to Chamblee, Shepherd Youth League has not hosted a state tournament in many years. He expects anywhere from 30 to 40 teams to make it to this year’s tournament.

“It’s awesome,” said Chamblee. “I’m going to need volunteers.”

Chamblee says the winner of the state tournaments are set to go to the World Series. He commended those who helped make this season a success.

Anyone who wishes to volunteer for the state tournament can contact the Shepherd Youth League at shepherdyouthleague@yahoo.com. For more information, visit www.shepherdyouthleague.com or visit the Facebook page.