Opening day is always a big day for the Central Chesterfield Little League and their players. Brian Reed, CCLL president welcomed the 52 teams in the league along with team managers, coaching staff, team moms and their families that kept the yearly tradition and weathered the rain on Saturday during the opening ceremonies. The fun games and activities scheduled for the rest of the day had been dampened and most families left after the opening ceremonies. No pictures, no cake walk, no dunk tank, but a few did visit some of the sponsor booths before they packed up and picked up team shirts and hats. Games that were scheduled for opening day have a rain date.
CCLL Alumnus Eric Curtis threw the ceremonial first pitch with Matt Laney, also a CCLL alumnus, catching.
Also participating in the opening ceremonies were Army National Guard member Sgt. Josh Shropshire, Hayleigh Evaro, singing the National Athem, and Pastor Pat Fiordelise.
Heritage Chevrolet and Trucktown partnered with the Central Chesterfield Little League in Chester to provide new equipment, a monetary contribution and an opportunity for community members to earn additional donations for their league via a Test Drive fundraiser.
“Playing the game of baseball helps kids develop skills like leadership, cooperation and sportsmanship while bringing families and communities together to show their support. Heritage Chevrolet and Trucktown and Chevrolet Youth Baseball are proud to participate in a sport that brings so many smiles to kids and families in Chester.” said Jay Burchell, president and general manager for Heritage Chevrolet. “Chevrolet believes that in play, there are possibilities and supports the spirit of teamwork that baseball instills in its players.”