Oak Hill couple’s love for baseball ignites fire for youth league

OAK HILL – Erin Anderson has fond childhood memories of playing baseball in New Smyrna Beach.

Now, Erin and her husband Don, want to bring that same joy to kids in Oak Hill. To that end, the couple has created a youth sports league.

“There hasn’t been a youth league in our town for 20 plus years,” said Erin, 47. “I was a kid the last time I remember Oak Hill having a Little League. I want to bring back that parks and recreation ball that we all grew up playing and the memories we had. “

Erin and Don Anderson started the Oak Hill Sports Club for kids 4 to 12 years old in 2020.

“I remember my husband and I at our opening day last year, seeing what we accomplished in a matter of months. Seeing the kids in their baseball uniforms, we just looked at each other and started crying. “

‘Two birds with one stone’

The couple relocated to Oak Hill from New Smyrna Beach after tying the knot in July of 2020.

“Before we moved to Oak Hill, (Don) was a (Little League) coach for over 16 years,” said Erin. “When we moved to Oak Hill I didn’t want him driving all the way to New Smyrna Beach to coach anymore. I started working for the city of Oak Hill, that’s when I noticed that there’s nothing for these kids to do here. I thought that I could kill two birds with one stone by bringing a sports league here and having my husband coach. “

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