Little League baseball in Santa Rosa helps ease pandemic isolation

12 August 2020

Kent Porter / The Press Democrat

The smack of a baseball landing in a worn leather glove. The ping from a line drive off a metal bat. Cries of “good cut.” Those sweet summer sounds mostly have been silenced by the coronavirus.

But not in Santa Rosa.

A handful of regional Little League teams have decided the need for young players outdoor physical activity was not only worth the potential health risk, but essential in a time when youths are cooped up at home, can’t go to school and spend far too much time with eyes glued to screens.

“It has just been an amazing blessing for everyone — the parents, kids, everyone is so happy to be out here,” said Michael Wooley, president of the Santa Rosa American Little League. “I’ve had several parents from our teams and others saying they see a spark in their kids that they haven’t seen in months.”

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