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‘Your Town Friday’ goes to Mooresville to find unique baseball league, charming dining options

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MOORESVILLE, Ind. (July 10, 2015) -- This morning “Your Town Friday” is heading to Mooresville! You’ll find the Morgan County community about 20 miles southeast of downtown Indy.  The town was founded back in 1824 and today, has a population of about 9,500.

“League of Miracles is a baseball facility for special needs children and families.  We start at age 5 and I think our oldest this year is 20.  It’s for any player that has a special need whether it be mental, physical or emotional; anybody who can’t play in a traditional baseball league can play out there.  The field behind me is a rubber field, so wheel chairs, walkers and crutches have no problem going around the bases or throwing the ball on it,” said Brian Wiser, executive director of the League of Miracles.

Brian says there are fields like this all over the country, but it was back in 2008 when a Mooresville resident decided to bring the league to Indiana.

“This is the first field of its kind built in the state of Indiana, so obviously it’s incredibly unique and to have it right here in Mooresville. We were the first group, the first town, to take the initiative to get the first one built,” said Brian.

It's a gem for the town, the children, their families and the many volunteers who help to keep it up and running.

“We’re incredibly proud here in Mooresville that this is in our backyard and we were able to get this done.  A lot of these kids have never played a game of baseball because they couldn’t on a regular field so to see them participate in a game and hit the ball for the first time and just the smile they have going around the bases…we get people thanking us for doing this and it’s like, you don’t have to, you don’t understand, we get a lot more out of it than these kids do.  To see it is phenomenal!” said Brian.

Right now the League of Miracles is primarily a baseball league and the occasional kickball game but there are some plans to expand!

“We’re looking at miniature golf courses we can purchase and kids can play on it, we can put a soccer goal on the field no problem, we’ll eventually do that and you can actually roll basketball courts on it too,” said Brian.

Zydeco’s is a little slice of Louisiana right here in central Indiana!

“We make all our own meats; everything is from scratch.  If we were down in New Orleans I think we’d fit right in, it’s authentic southern Louisiana home cooking.  Ya-ya means everything talks at once and that’s what Cajun food should do," said co-owner Debora Hutchinson. "It’s the celery, bell pepper, onion, garlic, and it should be this beautiful dance in your mouth and if it’s hot at all, it’s just an added step, it’s not an overwhelming step but yeah he does that, he knows how to do that."

And that's because he is a southern Louisiana boy at heart. Zydeco’s owner and chef, Carter Hutchinson, has been cooking up the Cajun here in Mooresville with his wife Debora since 1998.

“Everybody wants the standard stuff like red beans and rice, jambalaya, crawfish tails, and the BBQ shrimp is fabulous!” said Debora.

Also fabulous - Toni and Paul Ford's very charming Ralph & Ava's Cafe, just a block down Main Street.

“We are probably best known for our pretzel melt, which is essentially a sandwich on a warm soft pretzel and people can choose what meat they want on there and what cheese they want on there.  We also do a buffalo chicken melt which is a shredded chicken in our wing sauce.  We’re also known for our grilled cheeses.  We do a Hawaiian grilled cheese with ham and pineapple, Italian grilled cheese with salami pepperoni and pesto, a buffalo chicken grilled cheese; we do a buffalo chicken on almost anything,” said Toni.

Ralph & Ava's, named after their dogs by the way, offers lunch and dinner, a soup salad and baked potato bar and a full bar.

“We’re kind of known for our craft beers. We’ve been told we have the best selection of craft beers in Morgan County.  We have a local tap from Bargersville, we carry Mallow Run wines and we try really hard to support local businesses," Toni said.

"Most of the way the café is decorated is from the local shops right in this area.  The artwork on the wall is all Mooresville artists.  We have live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays, we have cake every week from Sugar Mamas, a mom and pop bakery from across the street, so we try really hard to show that we believe in small business.  By people supporting us, they support all these other small businesses."