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Photo courtesy of Angel's Portrait Studio (official photographer of The Miracle League of Union County)Jaden Black was the first player to cross home plate and receive his award during The Miracle League of Union County's season-end celebration on Tuesday.
Photo courtesy of Angel's Portrait Studio (official photographer of The Miracle League of Union County)Jaden Black was the first player to cross home plate and receive his award during The Miracle League of Union County's season-end celebration on Tuesday.
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UNION COUNTY — At the end of its inaugural season, everyone involved with The Miracle League of Union County was a winner.


The Miracle League of Union County (MLUC) held its final game of the spring season on Tuesday. As players crossed home plate during the game, they were each given a trophy. Following the game, everyone enjoyed a celebration complete with pizza, cupcakes (courtesy of Walmart), and drinks (courtesy of Save-A-Lot).


MLUC board chair Amy Austin said she — along with many others — was emotional on Tuesday. The first player to cross home plate and get his trophy was Jaden Black, who plays in MLUC along with his brothers — Zander Black and Gabriel Campbell — and a cousin — Joshua Campbell.


“Jaden said, ‘Is this mine? It’s got my name on it! That means I’m a winner!’” Austin recounted, adding that she was in tears from that point.


The buddies for Tuesday’s game were UCHS softball players, the UCHS Interact Club, as well as volunteers from Buffalo Elementary School and West Springs Baptist Church.


MLUC board members each received a plaque displaying a piece of the rubber field. Union County Supervisor Tommy Sinclair, Union County Recreation Department, and Timken Sports Complex were each given a ball with each MLUC player’s name on it to display.


Team sponsors for the year were Civitan, Rippys, Buffalo Pawn & Gun, and P & C Mechanical. Coaches were Kendall Austin, Derrick Means, Andrew Cavender, Tiffany Smith, Rick Parham, Robert Williams, Roxanne Parham, and Jeff Howell. Jimmy Johnson served as an umpire, and Steve Ramsey was the game announcer. The MLUC store was run by Bud and Carol Cookson and their daughter Renee Nicholson during each game.


Austin said she was thankful for the support received from all of the buddies who came out to assist throughout the season, volunteers, fans, players, parents, coaches and team moms who made the first MLUC season a success. She also thanked Kevin Shropshire and the Timken Sports Complex Staff for always lending a hand and making sure everything was set up before each game.


“We’re already excited and planning for the fall season,” Austin said.


Fall registration will begin in August. Austin also said there has been interest expressed in MLUC holding a weekend tournament over the summer. Those who are interested should stay tuned to The Miracle League of Union County on Facebook for details. The MLUC is also looking for sponsors for fall teams. Anyone who is interested may visit the MLUC office — located in the Union County Non-Profit Partnership Center (in the Union County Health Department Building) — orcall Amy Austin at (864) 466-7879.


Look for more stories about The Miracle League of Union County and its players in upcoming editions of The Union Daily Times.

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