A second chance to play fast pitch baseball

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    By Katy MacDonald

    The Provo Fast Pitch Baseball League is a field of dreams for guys who thought they would never play baseball again.

    “It was kind of like a dream come true to be honest,” said Seth Allen, league director.

    Allen searched all options to find a way to play baseball again. He played in high school, and didn”t want to drop his love for the sport when he graduated.

    Softball, a popular alternative for adults, proved unsatisfactory, Allen said, which is why he and a friend got the idea to start their own league.

    “I like to expect the worst and hope for the best,” Allen said. “I really didn”t think it was going to fly.”

    The league”s season begins June 1 and lasts 10 weeks. There are 12-15 games in a season with an age limit of 18 and older.

    A majority of the participants grew up playing baseball and are now students attending BYU or Utah Valley State College.

    Kevin Cook, 23, majoring in business management at BYU, heard about Fast Pitch from a roommate.

    “I called two-three different cities looking for a place to play, and there wasn”t one,” Cook said. “I just love to play baseball. I played in city leagues from the time I was nine.”

    Cook played in Fast Pitch last year and said he hopes to play as long as he is living in the area. He said it is exactly what he was looking for.

    “It is just a bunch of guys who wanted to play and have a lot of fun,” Cook said.

    The registration fee pays all the league”s costs, including a fitted hat and button-down jersey for each participant.

    Registration for Fast Pitch was Friday. Late registration forms are available at Gart Sports.

    Allen said he hopes people with questions will email him at .

    In the future, Allen wants to expand to as many cities as possible so more people like him can continue playing baseball.

    “I have guys telling me all the time, ”I thought I would never play again,”” Allen said.

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