SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Surfside Beach Youth Sports Association (SSBYSA) baseball and softball teams began their spring season on Saturday morning at Huckabee Park after a months-long controversy with the Surfside Beach Town Council.
Back in January, members of the SSBYSA discovered the town council was considering selling Huckabee Park and cutting funds to the sports program.
The town is in charge of field maintenance at Huckabee Park, and one woman claimed that the SSBYSA was leaving the field lights on overnight.
However, the president of the SSBYSA, Will Rabon, disagrees.
"We won't say we've never left them on for a few hours, but not on a regular basis," said Will Rabon.
Parents and players attended the meeting in hopes of showing their passion for the field and the sport, and to convince town council to keep both.
"Maybe there was some miscommunication and misunderstanding on the part of the town council on exactly what goes on here and what service it provides," Rabon said.
The SSBYSA was successful and Saturday morning the spring season officially started. Rabon feels positive and grateful to have the town's support.
"We hope the relationship continues at least as good as it is now, if not better. We have no reason to believe that it won't be," he said.
The first game of the season is scheduled for Monday, March 20.