Georgetown’s softball leagues are back in business.
After the Georgetown Town Council decided to lease the park for spring leagues earlier this year, no one stepped up to take over the operation. The end result was that the softball field sat empty in the spring and summer with no adult leagues.
But that will soon end, thanks to an interlocal agreement between the Floyd County Parks Department and Georgetown Town Council. Floyd County will assume responsibility for the softball field this fall. If all goes well, the agreement could spill over to next spring.
“It’s a beautiful complex,” said Roger Jeffers, director of the Floyd County Parks Department. “It’s been well maintained over the years. We just hated to see this beautiful park sit idle. We’re happy the majority of the town board recognized that.”
Fall leagues begin Aug. 13 at Georgetown. There will be a Tuesday co-ed league, Thursday men’s league and Friday recreational co-ed league. Jeffers and Billy Haller, who has been hired as league director, hope to have at least 24 teams play this fall in Georgetown.
Haller was the league director for eight years before the town board decided to lease the park. He said he is happy to see the park being used again.
“When you ride past the field and it is just sitting there, and you are used to seeing people playing, it just doesn’t seem right,” Haller said. “I think this will be a good community service. People are interested in playing there.”
The fee to play the eight-game fall schedule is $300. Haller and Jeffers said several teams have already signed up or shown interest in playing in the Georgetown league.
“We have one of the most knowledgeable softball guys in the area to run the league. He knows the park and does a great job,” Jeffers said of Haller. “He knows about everyone out there so it was a no brainer to bring him back.”