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Long-awaited new lights brighten nights at ball fields in Turlock park

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In a ceremony Thursday evening, the city of Turlock threw the switch on the brand-new LED lights now illuminating Pedretti Park. The ball fields at Pedretti Park are used daily from February through November for programs including city league softball, Turlock Little League, Turlock Christian School’s sports teams and more.

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Little League seasons canceled

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Despite kicking off socially-distanced practices just over a month ago, any hope that local youth still held for a summer baseball season was recently erased when all three of Turlock’s Little League organizations canceled their plans to play.

Turlock National Little League and Turlock National Little League Softball announced on June 1 that their respective seasons would be canceled after several discussions with the City of Turlock and Turlock Unified School District. In an interview with the Journal at the end of May, TNLL President Michelle Helwick said that the league was in a state of “limbo,” since their field, Soderquist Park, is maintained by the City.

Come June 1, it was uncertain when or even if Stanislaus County would transition into Phase 3 of the state’s coronavirus reopening plan, where team sports are allowed to play. The County is still in Phase 2 a month later along with the rest of the state, with some reopening guidelines, like indoor dining, being rolled back.

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