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Posted at 04:15 AM ET, 07/25/2011

In Haymarket, the Senators and their wood bats play ball

Chris Bresnahan of the Haymarket Senators of the Valley Baseball League warms up on deck during a game at Battlefield High School in Haymarket. (Matt McClain - For The Washington Post)
Kids grow up playing baseball exclusively with aluminum bats, from Little League to high school to college. But when you get to the pros, it’s back to the genuine lumber, minor leagues to majors. So college players looking to get experience with good ol’ Louisville Sluggers (and Mizunos) play in “wood bat leagues” during the summer, and in Haymarket, a team called the Senators has captured the town’s heart.

The Post’s Preston Williams wrote a great story Sunday about how Haymarket families take in the players for the summer, and the owners grill burgers and do the radio play-by-play. The Senators play in the rural Valley Baseball League, playing in small towns such as Covington and Luray, so their experience is unlike the wood bat league that operates in the D.C. suburbs.

Read the rest of the story here.

An owner and general manager for the Haymarket Senators, Bernie Schaffler, left, watches a game against the New Market Rebels with, from left, William Morris, 10, Greg Roukis and Chase Wright, 9, in Haymarket. Morris and Wright were taking part in a competition during the middle of the fifth inning. (Matt McClain - For The Washington Post)

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