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City League, Federation set opening days

Play ball!

That’s what you’ll be hearing at area baseball fields soon after pandemic restrictions will be lifted in Blair County beginning next Friday.

The Altoona Greater City Baseball League will open its 2020 season on Monday, June 8, according to league president Dale Snyder. He said the six City League teams and two Altoona AAABA League teams will each play a 21-game schedule.

The George B. Kelley Junior Baseball Federation is slated to open its season next Saturday, June 6, league president Erik Wardrop confirmed on Friday.

Wardrop said the league — with players ages 15- to 18-years-old — will have 10 teams and will play its regular season over two months, ending on July 31.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Friday that 16 counties, including Blair, Cambria and Bedford, will move into the so-called “green” phase next Friday.

Snyder and Wardrop both said safety precautions will be in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including such rules as no tobacco, chewing gum or sunflower seeds. Snyder said the City League teams will not shake hands after games, instead tipping caps.

The Altoona Teener Baseball League had announced when Blair County went “yellow,” that its league would open play on June 1. Its website still indicates that the league will begin Monday.

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