Play ball!

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Lorraine Early throws out the first pitch Saturday to begin the Rappahannock Culpeper Baseball league’s season at Stuart Field in Amissville. Early and her husband — who passed away this winter, and who is credited with building the original Stuart Field in 1976 — have provided funding and team sponsorships ever since through their nearly 50-year-old Amissville landmark Early’s Carpet. League president Wayne Dodson (whose own father, Clarence “Boozie” Dodson, also helped build both the field and the league), says RC this year will field 13 teams, including a new 13- to 15-year-olds’ team. Games start at 10 most every Saturday into July; full concession stand open throughout. (Visit  rappculpbaseball.com for more.)

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