Baseball tournament helps Mayflower comeback

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    MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV) - The City of Mayflower is getting another jolt of traffic this weekend, but it's not another round of clean-up workers for the oil spill.

    We're talking about another piece to a community comeback for Mayflower. Starting Thursday and going through Saturday, more than 500 people will be coming to the Home of the Eagles for a high school baseball and softball tournament, and THV 11 News experienced a taste of it Thursday evening.

    For the next few days, it's all about softball and baseball in Mayflower. The 5-3A Tournament will include 16 teams from Jessieville to Perryville. Eagle Diamond Club President Benji Post said it's a sign that Mayflower is coming back from the oil spill.

    "It's a chance for Mayflower to shine a little bit and show folks that things didn't end here with the oil spill, that we've still got a lot of community spirit," Post said.

    Post is president of the high school booster club. He said that there's a lot of excitement for this weekend, with the oil spill panic "dimming."

    "We don't want to make light of that or put it too far behind us because it's part of us now," Post said. "But, we're looking forward to supporting these kids, letting everyone know this community is alive and well."

    Parents in the bleachers, like Carla Walker, feel similar.

    "I mean I pray for the people to get back in their homes, but it's a distant memory," Walker said of the oil spill.

    She had all eyes Thursday night on her daughter on the mound and hopes for an even bigger lift for her hometown with some tournament wins.

    "The softball team, the girls are doing great, the boys are undefeated so far I think but one," Walker said.

    Coming this Saturday, THV 11 News is told that a number of Mayflower businesses have come together to help serve a big meal for everyone at the tournament. Post said that the businesses have donated food, money and other items, and it should get going around noon.

    By phone, Mayflower Mayor Randy Holland said he couldn't attend the first night of games, but he feels this tournament weekend is a big one for Mayflower and part of a continued comeback from the oil spill.

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