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Covington Adult Softball League Canceled, Replaced by Homerun Derby

The City of Covington-sponsored adult softball league is canceled this year due to a lack of interest, the city said in a news release.

Instead, the city will sponsor a one-day softball festival featuring a homerun derby and other events.

The event is tentatively scheduled for June 29.

The softball league failed to garner enough interest despite an extended registration deadline.

"We wanted to keep the spirit of adult softball alive, and we think this event will be different and fun," City of Covington Parks & Recreation Manager Rosie Santos said.

"Obviously we're disappointed to have to cancel the League, since it's such a long-standing Covington tradition," she said. "But we weren't surprised: Year in and year out, interest in adult softball has been waning both here and across the nation."

Details of the softball event are still being worked out, and anyone who is interested should watch the Covington Parks & Recreation Facebook page for future announcements.

The event is tentatively set for June 29 and likely will include a range of prizes for various accomplishments, including number of home runs and the furthest-hit ball, among other things. Players will be encouraged to pre-register, and the number of pitched balls each player will receive will depend upon the number of participants, Recreation Program Coordinator Jess Link said.

The event will likely be free.

"We're constantly adjusting our priorities to match our resources and activities to the interests of our Covington residents," said Neighborhood Services Director Ken Smith, whose department oversees Parks & Recreation.

"Over the last few decades, the programs and activities we offer have changed considerably as the hobbies and interests of our residents have changed," he said. "This is just another example of that."

-Staff report

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