Countless volunteers ensured that 39 Junior League Baseball World Series took place; they’re back for 2022 – The News Herald
When news broke that the Junior League Baseball World Series would be returning for the first time since 2019, a call went out for volunteers to prepare the World Series grounds for players traveling from near and far.
The volunteers responded. It takes hundreds of workers every year. This year, the established volunteers returned with a few new groups.
Taylor South Little League volunteers – on whose field the games are played – are back in force to prepare the ground and more in time for the 12 teams of players, coaches and supporters. Many of Taylor South’s contributions are significant and recur year after year.
The City of Taylor workforce made major improvements to the Taylor South complex at the city-owned Heritage Park.
Last week, 10 service members from the Ford Motor Co. Rouge Center site had two days of community service and team building. The group of people maintains and leads a construction team at the Rouge site in Dearborn. Tasks completed included painting the bullpen, painting the flagpole in center field, painting the “Little League Miracle” sign, pressure washing, weed picking and weed spraying herbs.
One of the biggest surprises, World Series officials said, was when family members of the Taylor North Little League team volunteered on the field for two weeks to paint the iron fence. forging surrounding the pitch and other areas, weeding, power washing, installing fence screens, cleaning and working the pitches – all jobs that need to be done before play begins. One of the mums, Noel Surma , called it a “true team effort.”
Hundreds of other volunteers take on roles ranging from preparing and selling food to keeping scores to the field crew throughout the week of play.
“World Series volunteers make such a difference every year,” said JLWS Director Dan Bzura. “There are too many to name them all, but we can’t thank them enough. We couldn’t do it without them.