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Familiar face leads Babe Ruth league into 2000

Steve Yingling

When the community desperately needs a Babe Ruth or Little League president, it knows who to call – Aleta Hannum.

Hannum is beginning her second stint for the South Tahoe Babe Ruth League, which opens its season Friday at Todd Fields. Her commitment to community youth sports has included a two-year term as Little League president and concluding Bill Peterson’s Babe Ruth presidency two years back.

“I guess it’s because I have sucker stamped across my forehead,” joked Hannum, who is in charge of 140 players this season plus a 20-member Senior Babe Ruth Team. “No, I love baseball and want to have as many kids be able to play as we can manage.”

Overwhelming interest by sponsors and a change in season play for the 13- and 14-year-old division have Hannum excitedly awaiting the first pitch at 5 p.m. Friday.

“As usual the community has been wonderful coming forward. We actually have more sponsors than teams to put them with,” Hannum said.

Like the 15- and 16-year-olds did a year ago, the 13-14 set will augment its regular schedule with games against teams from outside the area.

“It gives our kids familiarity with playing on different fields, which lessens the nerves when it comes time for all-stars,” Hannum said.

The league is devoting the 2000 season to Darrel Schue, whom Hannum credits with stepping to the plate when something needs to be done.

“He’s come up with the money to purchase the batting cage nets and at the drop of a hat he gets a public address system in when we need it,” she said.

Schue will be honored during the official opening day ceremonies at 3 p.m. Sunday at Todd Fields. Also at that time, teams and sponsors will be introduced and South Tahoe’s 1999 Nevada 16 all-star champions will be acknowledged.

Then the daily fun stretches into July.

“I’m looking forward to the season starting. That’s what we work hard for for the rest of the year,” Hannum said. “It’s so easy to forget when we get bogged down in all the adult stuff that when you see kids having so much fun it reminds us why we’re doing it.”

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