Across the Valley, parents and kids are taking part in an american tradition; opening day of little league and softball. With parades and fanfare the youth athletes celebrate the start of baseball season.
In Herkimer they celebrated their 64th annual opening day on Saturday, May 2. Herkimer Little League has close to 150 kids, ages 4-12 involved. There are 11 teams – T-ball to A league. Mike Malinowski, Herkimer Little league President, said, “We have great board this year; we get a lot of help from our members.”
Scott Petucci, VP of Herkimer Little League and head coach of Orioles, said, “I’m having a great time teaching these kids America’s Pastime.”
Mr. David Valesek threw out the ceremonial first pitch. 26 years of involvement with summer baseball and countless hours of dedication to the game of baseball earned him the honor.
Silvio Ceneviva, coach of the Mets said, “It’s very rewarding to see the smiles on these kid’s faces.” Both Silvio’s sons, Luca and Silvio are on his team.
As the valley’s youth athletes take the field remember the game is being played by kids; if they win or lose every game of the season it will not affect the college they attend or their future earning potential. Let the kids play and let the umpires officiate. For more information or to volunteer or donate contact your local little league or softball association.
[UPDATED] Pictures from Ilion’s Opening Day
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[UPDATE 2] Pictures from Mohawk’s Opening Day