Story by Sara Paul
There are three fun and fantastic words that signal spring is finally here: “Let’s play ball!”
On Sat., Apr. 6, hundreds of parents, children, and community members assembled for the annual Warwick Little League’s Parade and Opening Day. It was truly a homerun for all, as the raucous crowd marched through the Village of Warwick, from Main St. to Veterans Memorial Park, chanting, singing, and smiling all the way.
With proud veterans leading the procession, young participants were safely flanked by loads of Warwick Police and Fire Department vehicles and officers, as well as the Warwick Ambulance Service and the Color Guard.
Upon arrival at the ball field, the bases were loaded with excited faces and tons of team spirit. Attendees were welcomed by local politicians in an opening ceremony kicked off by Warwick Valley High School senior Daniel Brenner, who led the crowd in the singing of the national anthem. Players and volunteer coaches then recited their Little League pledges.
With a backdrop of sunny skies, various furry family members, and good, clean Warwick merriment, it was nearly impossible not to get wrapped up in the excitement of America’s favorite pastime.
Storm tee-ball coach and father, Angelo Ricco, enjoyed watching his son, Nicholas, 6, gear up for his second year of tee-ball.
“He loves getting dirty, fielding, hitting, just everything about the sport…and I really enjoy working with the kids. The interactions are great, and I love teaching kids about baseball,” said Ricco, a devoted New York Yankees fan.
Another Warwick dad, Rob Connington, commented, “It’s so good for the kids to be outside and play. Look at how many people are here! Who would want their kids to be inside on a day like this? This town just has such great programs.”
His son, Dylan, 6, is participating in his first year on the Rockhounds Tee-Ball team.
For more information on the Warwick Little League, visit www.warwickbaseball.com.