Reporting by WVUA 23’s Allison Underwood

Local athletes and their families gathered at the Bryant Conference Center to celebrate another year of baseball, faith and fellowship.

There were over 50 tables filled with sports fans of all different ages who came to show their support for Baseball Country on Tuesday night. Sam Marsonek, executive director of Baseball Country, said this event was originally meant to spread the gospel through one of America’s favorite pastimes.

“We do a lot of different things outside of just baseball,” Marsonek said. “One of the neatest things about it is how God has opened doors in Greene County for us to invest in especially the youth at the high school level. So, we spend a lot of time ministering the kids at Greene County High school.”

Marsonek said Baseball Country offers many programs for Tuscaloosa County’s young athletes.

“We host teams, we host all sports teams,” Marsonek said. “We host missions teams, service teams, just a wide variety of groups that come in to either serve or to grow as a group.”

This is Baseball Country’s fourth year they have had an annual dinner. Scott McLanahan, special advisor for Baseball Country, said it continues to grow through their faith and the love of baseball.

He added that Baseball Country’s executives had three main goals for the dinner.

“Give the glory to God, say a sincere appreciation to the people that have come along side to support him, and also to encourage people if they have a little dream in their heart, that God has placed on them to inspire them to go after it,” McLanahan said.

The annual dinner had an auction with a variety of different trips. For more information on Baseball Country, visit

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