Boys enjoy a little joy ride

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 20, 2000

A cloud of dust seemed to move unaided across the Liberty Park back roads Sunday afternoon.

At closer inspection, two 12-year-old boys on a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle could be seen speeding along that road, kicking up a little dust before their afternoon baseball practice.

Huston Eliser, 12, and his friend, Timmy Foster, 12, were taking a ride before baseball practice.

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&uot;I play shortstop, catcher, pitcher and second base,&uot; said Eliser, a member of a team called The Rebs.

Both boys’ fathers were a few yards away, working on the baseball field in preparation for their league opener Feb. 26, a double header.

&uot;They’re working on the field,&uot; Eliser said. &uot;I think they’re trying to fix the lights. All of our games are night games.&uot;

This field is like heaven to the boys because it contains many of their favorite things rolled into one – baseball, ATV riding and horses.

But baseball isn’t their only sport. Foster, in fact, won a national punt, pass and kick competition this year. He shyly admits that he received a large wooden football as a trophy of his accomplishment.

Judged on length and accuracy, Foster said the competition is sponsored by the National Football League for children between 8 and 15-years-old.

Both boys live in Kingston about 1 mile from each other and say they play baseball, football and basketball –&160;in addition to riding ATVs and horses.

Eliser has a quarterhorse named Rose.

The son of Leo and Donna Eliser, Huston said he plans to be a policeman – if a career as a professional baseball player doesn’t pan out.

The son of Tim and Angie Foster, Timmy said he’s still thinking over his options on a career.

For now, it’s still a few minutes before practice, and the open road is calling.

The Dart is a weekly feature in which a reporter throws a dart at a map of the area and finds a story wherever it lands.