The five fields at the Mountaintop Area Little League Baseball/Softball complex at Alberdeen accommodated one of their largest crowds in recent memory as players, parents, volunteers and guests ushered in another Little League season.
The weather was perfect for the Annual Parade and Ceremony, which included an honor guard from Wright Township Fire Company and approximately 600 of the league’s registered players on a route that stretched down Alberdeen Road and to the complex where each player will spend the next 6-8 weeks playing “America’s favorite pastime”.
Players ranging in age from four to twelve years old gathered in the outfield to celebrate the beginning of the 2015 season. PA Senator, Lisa Baker welcomed the players with encouragement, reflecting on the opportunity that many of them will have to advance to the Little League World Series in Williamsport.
The big trip to Williamsport is a dream held by many, but unfortunately reached by few. As in many youth sports, the emphasis is on having fun and not taking the game or the experience too seriously. District 16/31 administrator, Bob Bertoni stressed that concept again this year, both thanking the parents for their volunteering effort and reminding them that most of the children sitting on the grass at that moment would play for only a short amount of time.
Guests Judge Richard M Hughes III threw out the first baseball pitch and Judge Joe Sklarosky threw out the first softball pitch. District banners were presented from last season’s District Champion 10-11 year old boys and the 2014 MALL