POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - The city of Pocahontas is seeing a renewed interest in softball and baseball from both adults and children.
In 2017, only around 300 people signed up. Since then, the number has increased to over 500.
Pocahontas Director of Parks and Recreation Chad Broadway said some of the increase is due to ballpark officials getting the word out about sign-ups.
He said it's also possible more people want to play this year because last year, some games and tournaments were canceled when May flooding closed the ballpark.
The city's growth is also a major factor in the increase.
"Pocahontas is starting to get a little bit bigger and with that, we'll have probably more kids playing in our leagues," he said. "That is our hope, I'd like to have a lot more teams then we've got already and we already have quite a few teams playing right now."
The sign-ups for baseball and softball are no longer open.
However, Broadway said he hopes the increase in participants carries over into soccer and football seasons.