Organized youth sports will return to Lyon County this summer.

Lyon County Diamond Club is now taking registrations for softball and baseball ages 3-12 for play this season. Games would have already started under normal conditions, but under the COVID-19 state of emergency, all youth sports have been idled since mid-March. Hillary Stephen, a contact for Diamond Club registrations, said the first official practice will be June 15. Registrations will be taken through early June, though no specific date had been set at press time.

“We’ve all been pretty much in limbo waiting,” she said.

With Gov. Andy Beshear reopening Kentucky’s economy and public functions in incremental phases, “potentially low-touch and outdoor youth sports” like softball and baseball can return to action June 15. That means Lee S. Jones Park in Eddyville could be hosting the familiar ping of the aluminum bat in just more than a month.

The Diamond Club, an organization that governs local summer youth sports, oversees registrations for Lyon County T-ball and peewee and for local participants in the six-county Lakes Area Baseball and Softball, or LABS, league. Registration forms can be found on Facebook by searching for “LyonCo DiamondClub.” Forms and entry fees may be turned in to Akridge ACE Hardware. For more information, email lyoncodiamondclub@gmail.com or call 270-206-8186.

Youth sports in Kentucky have been silent since March 13, when the Kentucky High School Athletic Association enacted a dead period for all school-related sports. KHSAA later cancelled all sports for the remainder of the school year, denying some school athletes their entire entire spring sports schedule. Fall athletics at Kentucky schools are still in question.