WATCH: 'It's definitely important to us'; rivals DGF and Barnesville introduce 'Day of Baseball'
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and Barnesville baseball programs compete in an all-day lineup of games between the two towns
The baseball rivalry between Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and nearby Barnesville has a long history, so it seems only fitting that the two baseball programs are dedicating an entire day to the friendly competition. Enter the first-ever 'Day of Baseball.'
For D-G-F and Barnesville baseball, July first brings a new month and a new spin on an old rivalry. The two rivals matched up against each other all day long with nine games, starting as young as 9U Cal Ripken and running through the Babe Ruth and American Legion clubs.
“It’s natural for young kids to look up to big kids and if everybody knows that we’re all playing today," said DGF Baseball Vice President Al Krueger. "Whether you’re from Barnesville or from Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, you’re all out here today. That’s kind of unique.”
A unique day is perfect for a unique rivalry.
“It’s definitely special because - even growing up - I always remember playing DGF," said Barnseville 15U player Gannon Bolgrean. Some of the biggest games I remember from 7, 8U, they’ve always been against DGF and it’s always been a battle between them.”
“All our coaches, when they were kids, they played in big rivalry games like this with Barnesville," said DGF 15U player Jacob Luebke. "With the rivalry, it's definitely important to us."
Now those coaches are working together to bring this Day of Baseball” to life, connecting the next generation of players to a historic game
“Especially in small communities, but certainly in large communities you just have people that stick around and make sure traditions get carried on and I think that’s the case in both of these communities," Krueger said. "They like their baseball.”
The plan is to bring the “Day of Baseball” back again next year in Barnesville.