Like father, like son

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 26, 2001

On the opening night of the new Greenville Softball Complex, Rhett Idland repeated both city and family history, when he knocked a homer out of the park.

It was back in the spring of 1982 that Beeland Park's Baseball Complex was opened for use, and Rhett's father Ronnie, then playing men's softball as well as coaching young Rhett's little league baseball, knocked the first homerun out of the park.

Rhett was playing softball Thursday night for Merle Norman's Cosmetics, and hit the first grand slam out of the park at Greenville's newest facility, the Greenville Softball Complex.

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Young Idland nearly made that accomplishment a reality, when before the games started, Mayor Dexter McLendon pitched the first ball to him, on field number one.

"I just knew it was a goner," said McLendon.

The ball hit the fence, way out in "Deep Left Field", just inside the foul territory marker.

Way to go!