By Sheri Duff
Although rain was expected, the weather cooperated on Saturday morning, May 4, as Shelburne Little Leaguers marched through the village, celebrating the official start of baseball and softball season. Approximately 400 players, coaches, and parents led by a fire truck from Shelburne Fire Department along with a CVU Redhawk and UVM’s Rally Cat made the annual trek from the Parade green on Church Street, left on Falls Road, and down the Route 7 home stretch to South Field behind the Town Center.
According to Robert Achilles, a member on the Board of Shelburne Little League and emcee for Saturday’s opening ceremonies, there are over 230 kids involved in this year’s Shelburne baseball and softball programs. Nearly all had the opportunity to run across the Town Center baseball field as each team and their coaches were introduced.
Following the team introductions, Achilles thanked the local businesses that support Shelburne baseball programs; the Town’s Park and Rec Dept. for processing hundreds of applications; the Shelburne Fire and Police departments; and Eagle Scout Drew Major, his father, and all the generous donors and volunteers for construction of the new Scorer’s Booth and Concession Stand which was ready to kick off the beginning of the town’s baseball and softball season. He also recognized Wright Caswell, Dan Johnson, Brian Tivnan, and Jason Vincent as retiring members of the baseball board.
Coach of the Year: Wright Caswell
Ireland Family Volunteer of the Year: Chris Carlson
President’s Award: Rayona Silverman
All Star Participation Awards: Collin Vincent, Trevor Mitiguy, and Hank Caswell
Following the National Anthem performed by Brian Lynam, music teacher at Rice Memorial High School, softball pioneers Claire Sheahan and Lila Ottinger and former Town Manager Paul Bohne and new Town Manager Joe Colangelo threw the opening pitches (first a softball and then a baseball), and with that Shelburne Little League’s 2014 season was underway. In addition to the activities on the fields, the day’s entertainment included exhibition games, a Home Run Derby, a bounce castle, bake sale, Joey the Clown, face painting, and a silent auction fundraiser.
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