Story by Janmarie Foschini
The Village streets of Greenwood Lake were lined with cheering crowds on Sat., Apr. 27 as the most anticipated day of the year arrived – Opening Day for Greenwood Lake Little League and Softball. This year marks the 52nd opening day for the league.
Rain didn’t damper the great spirits and energy of all the baseball and softball teams as they marched down Windermere Avenue waving to family and friends who gathered along the parade route.
The parade was led by the G.L. Police and Fire Departments and Village and Town officials joined in the celebration as well. The parade concluded at the Lions Field as teams gathered on the field for the opening ceremony.
League President Matt Buckley addressed the crowd, thanked everyone for coming and gave special thanks to all those who helped prepare and make opening day happen.
“Without the hard work and dedication of the Little League committee and volunteers none of it would be possible. The behind the scenes work involved included the planning of schedules, field preparation, fundraising events, etc. Many thanks to the Village and Town Officials for their continued support” stated Buckley.
G.L. Middle School sixth grader Caroline Rourke performed the National Anthem and players recited the Little League Pledge. The parents recited the Parents Promise.
Mayor Jesse Dwyer addressed the players and crowd, thanking everyone for attending and wished the players and their families a great season.
“Such a great turnout of kids and parents for another year of little league. We are so grateful to all the volunteers who make this program possible and give so much to the kids of our community,” said Mayor Dwyer.
Chief of Police John Hansen took the mound and threw out the first pitch to baseball player Jay Sorrentino.
Softball Manager Barry Barkin, who heads the girls league, said “I am excited with the addition of t-ball this year and the growth of the league. Looking forward to watching the girls learn, play and enjoy an awesome game.”
Due to field conditions several of the games were rescheduled to a later date, however the Junior and Senior baseball teams were able to play their games later in the day.