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Sports programs touch all the bases, enrolling younger players in Baltimore County

Sports programs touch all the bases, enrolling younger players in Baltimore County

Baseball fever has returned.

The Baltimore Orioles open their season this week and youth baseball teams for all ages and abilities are getting ready in Arbutus, Catonsville and Baltimore Highlands.

Over the last few weeks, players have been evaluated and teams have been drafted.

Baltimore Highlands, where youth programs are entering a third year after going dormant in 2014 because of a lack of players, has seen interest rebound and nearly 100 players had signed up by the end of last week.

"The littler kids get upset because they watch their brothers, play," said Commissioner Dwayne Harkleroad. "They want to play."

As more children take...

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