Community little league baseball deals with growing travel ball popularity

The scene on a pleasant May evening was similar to hundreds of games at the Warren Little League fields over nearly seven decades. Matt Harris, the coach of the Twins, addressed his team of 8, 9, 10 and 11-year-olds in the dugout after a rousing win over the Pirates.

“That was a good win!” Harris told them. “You see what happens when we swing the bat? We were swinging at the right pitches and had excellent baserunning today. I’m really proud of that. We did a much better job this week. Now you know you can beat those guys. We’ll do it again next week!”

Harris gave the game ball — a Little League tradition — to Brayden Lowe, in his fifth year of baseball at Warren Little League, for his pitching, defense at first base and hitting. Watching behind the fence was his father, William Lowe, who played on the same fields for years during his childhood.

Warren Little League Twins' assistant coach Josh Terhune comforts a player after a strike-out during a game against the Pirates on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at the Warren Little League fields in Indianapolis, Ind. Warren Little League, which goes back at least 60 years, is ending after this season. The baseball fields, located on Brookville Road, will be torn out and used for football.

“This was my pastime growing up,” Lowe said. “Saturday baseball games. We’d hang out at the ballgames all today, go the concession stands, hanging with friends. I loved it. Absolutely loved it. I’m sad to see it go. I’m going to miss it when it’s gone.”

The Lowes, like generations of other families in Warren Township, have called the baseball fields on East Brookville Road home for almost seven decades, dating to 1954. That time is coming to an end, however. The league announced in April this would be the final season at the location along Brookville Road as it will merge with Irvington Little League and play its games there.