Opening Day: always a hit

Shelburne softball players, above, pose with Champ during the official Shelburne Little League Opening Day Parade on Saturday, May 4 in Shelburne. For more photos of Opening Day festivities visit the Shelburne News Facebook page. Photos by Mark Lund

Shelburne softball players, above, pose with Champ during the official Shelburne Little League Opening Day Parade on Saturday, May 4 in Shelburne. For more photos of Opening Day festivities visit the Shelburne News Facebook page. Photos by Mark Lund

By Sheri Duff

Parades are always a hit, especially when the weather cooperates, which it did last Saturday morning, May 4, as Shelburne Little Leaguers marched through the village, celebrating the official start of baseball and softball season. Approximately 400 players, coaches, and parents led by a fire truck from Shelburne Fire Department along with a few “mini” Coopers from the Automaster and the Rice Memorial Drum Line, made the annual trek from the town green on Church Street, left on Falls Road, and down the Route 7 home stretch to South Field behind the Town Center.

According to Wright Caswell, a member on the Board of Shelburne Little League and emcee for Saturday’s opening ceremonies, this year there are 240 kids involved in Shelburne baseball and softball programs. Almost all of them had the opportunity to run across the Town Center baseball field as each team and their coaches were introduced.

Following the team introductions, Caswell thanked the local businesses that support Shelburne baseball programs, and the Town’s Park and Rec Dept. for processing the hundreds of applications this year. He recognized Kim Stevens, Tom, Rugg, Roger Dunn, and Chris Carlson as retiring members of the baseball board.

Other recognitions:

Coach of the Year:

Tim Cockayne

Ireland Family Volunteer of

the Year: Kim Stevens

President’s Award:

Rourke Flad

Special Presentation:

The Canty Family

A plaque was given and hung on the dugout in recognition of Joe and Donna Canty’s generous donation that helped purchase the new Minors North Field electronic scoreboard.

Following the National Anthem performed by Brian Lynam, the Director of the Jazz and Wind Ensemble at Rice Memorial High School, Champ threw out two opening pitches, first a baseball and then a softball, and with that Shelburne Little League’s 2013 season was underway. In addition to the activities on the fields, the day’s entertainment included exhibition games, a Home Run Derby, a bounce castle, bake sale, Joey the Clown, face painting, and a silent auction fundraiser. Make sure to visit the Shelburne News Facebook page for more great photos of Shelburne Little Leagues’ Opening Day ceremony, games, and activities.

 

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