A pickup truck load of baseball and softball equipment rolled into Vilonia in the spring to help players get back on the field.
Rick Croushore and Shannon Gamewell of Extra Innings in Little Rock, an indoor baseball and softball training facility, delivered the equipment to John Alexander and Brian Lane, both members of the Vilonia Sports Association, in charge of play at the Vilonia City Park. The park and facilities were leveled by the tornado on April 27, leaving the city’s 17 softball teams and 24 baseball teams without equipment or a place to play.
"We brought bats, gloves, helmets, catcher’s gear, you name it, we brought it," Croushore told VSA members. "We tried to cover the gamut from T-ball to big girls’ softball and baseball. We think this is a good start to helping to get the players back on the field."
The items, Croushore said, were the result of a drive initiated by Extra Innings, but with contributions by teams and individuals who work out at the business, the Maumelle Softball Association and Thunder Softball.
The items were enough to take care of about 40-50 players across the board, Croushore said.
"We are just thankful that Conway and Greenbrier are being kind to us and letting us play on their fields," Alexander said at the meeting.