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Quitman County field renovated by local nonprofit

Local nonprofit "More than a Game" renovates Quitman Co. baseball field (Source: Tim Fanning) Local nonprofit "More than a Game" renovates Quitman Co. baseball field (Source: Tim Fanning)

QUITMAN COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - Local non-profit More Than a Game has traveled internationally to help communities through the game of baseball.

This week they only went to a few counties, not countries, away to help a school in need.

Down the road in Quitman County, the high school's baseball field needed an upgrade. 

"We were full of sand out here, hit the ball it wouldn't go anywhere..." head baseball coach Felix Galloway said. 

Glenwood coach and More Than a Game founder Tim Fanning saw the conditions of Quitman County's baseball field in a game earlier this season and offered a helping hand to a nearby community. 

"When we pulled up here, I just really knew in my heart, this was a place for me to come and try to help," Fanning said.

So that's what they did. Fanning and the volunteers at More Than a Game showed up Monday and got to work. They went through two days of shoveling, pounding and cleaning, all to upgrade the field. Coach Galloway was grateful for the help of people from just down the road. 

"It'll bring you to your knees and tears to your eyes to see that someone else cares," he said. "It's a wonderful experience to work with people that know God and bring the best out of you so you can get the best out of them."

In a short time, the field looked good as new. Fanning said it was work put into something that goes beyond the diamond.

"Not just Quitman County baseball, but the kids of Quitman County," Fanning said. "Something that they're proud of that they're going to show pride in on a daily basis."

So now the Hornets of Quitman County can be proud of the place they call home.

"It's a dream come true to see something like that, and to know that God answers your prayer," Galloway said.

Folks from Quitman County and More Than a Game held a baseball clinic after the work was done this afternoon.

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