Story by Janmarie Foschini
The Greenwood Lake Little League and the Girls’ Softball League celebrated their opening day on Sat., Apr. 21 under sunny skies. The children marched down Windermere Ave. with their teammates and coaches, escorted by the G.L. Police and Fire Departments. Village and Town officials joined in the celebration as family members, friends and community members lined the streets to watch the parade.
The parade concluded at the Lions Field and opening ceremonies began. League President Chris Casse thanked everyone for attending and thanked the members of the Little League committee who volunteered hours of their time to make the parade and the season happen. The behind the scenes work involved included the planning of schedules, field preparation, fundraising events, etc.
Casse gave a special thanks to the following individuals: Anne Caric for all her hard work, as he presented her with a bouquet of flowers; League vice president Matt Buckley for getting the fields ready; Sheress Ramirez for heading the fundraising events; and to the Village and Town officials.
Warwick High School senior Olivia Sambataro sang a beautiful rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.” The players recited the Little League Pledge and the parents recited the Parents Promise.
This year marks the 51st opening day for the G.L. Little League, with 11 teams playing this season. The Girls’ Softball League is made up of four teams, with two in each division playing this season. Barry Barkin, who runs the Girls’ Softball League stated, “Town softball is a great place for the girls to get together, learn a game and have lots of fun.”
Following the ceremony, the G.L. boys who won the Harvest Cup in the fall proudly showed their trophy to the crowd and threw out and caught the first pitch.
“I’d like to wish the kids, coaches and parents a fun, safe and enjoyable season this year,” said G.L. Village Mayor Jesse Dwyer.