The batter shows bunt as the catcher prepares to throw to second in an attempt to thwart a steal during the youth baseball exhibition game at Flossmoor's centennial celebration on June 20. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
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Youth baseball, softball bring in the centennial in Flossmoor

Flossmoor celebrated 100 years on the diamond.

Youth softball and baseball teams played exhibition games on the Flossmoor Park Bronco field as part of the town’s centennial event Thursday.

A runner scores during the softball game Thursday, June 20, on Bronco Field in Flossmoor Park. The exhibition game was the first of three that served as the centerpiece of the village’s centennial celebration. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

“When we saw that it was the 100-year anniversary, knowing that baseball has been such a part of the community for so long, they decided ‘Hey, let’s have the celebration here on the field,” Hurricanes coach and Flossmoor Trustee Gary Daggett said. “We just used one of the things that’s been a bedrock of the community to celebrate. All the girls were more than into it. They wanted to be a part of it.”

First up were the girls, who played what amounted to a few innings of intrasquad scrimmage. Most of the players were on the 12u Flossmoor Hurricanes travel team and three call ups from the Diamond team, which is 10u. 

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“It was just to have fun, not a competition like any other game,” Hurricanes player Lucy Klika said. “It was really fun going against them, hitting off of our players.”

Daggett was both a coach and a dad, with his daughter Hannah in one of the dugouts. 

“I’ve been coaching in Flossmoor for 14 years. This is my third child that’s gone through it,” he said. “You’ve got to find a way to coach them but not get too much on them. I usually just ask the other coaches to coach my kid and just let them do their thing.” 

Teammate Miya Nolen agreed.

“I didn’t really care who won. It was just supposed to be fun,” she said. “It’s not like everybody who I’m used to playing with. They might throw at a different speed or run at a different speed but we’re all still out here having fun.”

The boys played the second game, with two teams made from three Bronco-level teams, the Pirates, Brewers and Rockies, who played on that field this season. 

The batter shows bunt as the catcher prepares to throw to second in an attempt to thwart a steal during the youth baseball exhibition game at Flossmoor's centennial celebration on June 20. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
The batter shows bunt as the catcher prepares to throw to second in an attempt to thwart a steal during the youth baseball exhibition game at Flossmoor’s centennial celebration on June 20. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

The bleachers were full and the PA system blared walk-up music for each hitter while the Yellow Jackets commentated. Between games, kids were invited onto the field to dance and Hula Hoop to music. 

There were food trucks, activities for kids and the night finished with a drone show. 

“This is members of the community who have talent coming out to give that talent back to the village,” Daggett said. “That’s always been why Flossmoor is so good, whether it’s involvement in the schools, sports, local government, the commissions that we have. We have so many residents that care so much about our community. That’s what makes this place special.” 

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