Franklin Countyís ball fields have new mascots.

Three-foot tall baseballs are now on display at each of the countyís three ball fields.

Parks and Recreation Director Nikki Millender said she had noticed an oversized baseball by US 98 in St. James and told her mother she wanted similar ornaments for the ball fields.

Her mother was bear-watching in Lanark one day and happened on a second big ball in the yard of Albert Smythe. She asked him about the ball and he gave it to her. Millender had the ball painted with a Seahawk at Sign Design in Eastpoint and placed it at the entrance to Kendrick Field.

Later, Millender noticed a truck in the yard of the home where she had seen the original ball. On impulse, she pulled in and Ray Miller welcomed her into his home and gave her two more balls.

Miller acquired the balls after they were part of a failed fundraiser for the Atlanta Braves. Millender said one of the balls is also on display at Turner Field in Atlanta.  - By Lois Swoboda