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Hundreds turn out for Miracle League’s opening day

April 7, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. — Several hundred people — players, coaches and supporters — turned out at Greenwood Athletic Park in Florence for the Miracle League of Florence County’s spring season opening day.

Sandwiched between one-inning exhibition games, league officials celebrated two lives forever connected to the league, an artist who decorated the new concession stand and honored an Eagle Scout for the work he did to make sure visitors to the field had someplace to sit and eat.

The league honored Katie Godwin, mother of slain Florence County Sheriff’s Office investigator Farrah Turner. Godwin coaches one of the teams and Turner had worked with the team.

Turner was shot Oct. 3 when deputies tired to serve a search warrant at residence in Vintage Place subdivision and died from her injuries Oct. 22.

The league honored Ronnie Wallace, 68, who was the oldest player in the league before he died. Dawn Johnson accepted the gift for Wallace’s sister.

Matthew Price, Eagle Scout, was honored for building picnic benches for the field. In addition to a photo and hand-written thank you gift he threw out the first pitch of the season.

Heather Ward was thanked for providing the artwork that adorns the league’s new concession stand.

This season the league has grown from eight to 10 teams.