March 14, 2014
Shane Atkins' son has been playing on the Elkton little league team since he was five. He is one of three players living outside of Elkton, but playing on the team. "Everyone that lives with a Shenandoah address sometime or another was in the Elkton district because the boundaries were moved several months ago," said Atkins.
Atkins is just one of the shocked and disappointed parents. "These kids have one opportunity to play as a 12-year-old and they can never come back and do that."
The teams' manager Dave Loker says the issue came up when the team from Woodstock protested. He says headquarters did not give them enough time to prove their case. "We couldn't prove that the players were in the boundaries at the time they signed up," said Loker. "We weren't given enough time."
With Elkton out, Bridgewater is trying to get back in the playoffs. "We want someone to have a chance. It's not for the parents, the coaches, it's for the 12 kids somewhere that deserve a chance to play," said Jeremy Will, Bridgewater team manager.
Atkins and Loker both say they won't coach the Elkton team next year and Bridgewater is waiting to find out if they will get to play