The Southeast Arkansas Miracle League just wrapped up its first season on the organization’s new field.

The SEARK Miracle League’s mission is to “remove the barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field and lets them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime.”

Karen Connelly’s mission was to build a Miracle League Field for Southeast Arkansas. Connelly started working on her plan in 2014, and on June 2, SEARK Miracle League hosted its first baseball game for people with disabilities at their very own ballpark, opening the door for the SEARK Miracle League to provide an opportunity for every child and adult with a disability to play baseball.

The field, located in Monticello, is designed especially for people with special needs, including a rubberized field to prevent injuries, and was built to accommodate wheelchairs and other assistive devices.

Now that they have a field, children and adults all over southeast Arkansas are able to enjoy it, including a few athletes from Ashley County as well.

This year, three Ashley County athletes participated in the four-team league. Noah Senn, a 2018 Crossett High School graduate, and Blayton Craig, the son of Colt and Kari Jo Craig, played for the purple team called the Legends. Natalie Wilson of Hamburg played on the red team, the Warriors.

The teams played their very first game and their season opener the day the field opened, and then played every Saturday. The last game of the season was last Saturday.

“I think it was very successful and everyone enjoyed it,” said Alicia Morris, Natalie’s Wilson’s mother.

--For the complete story, see the print edition.

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