Players, parents wear gloves at Little League opener

April 07, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

BOONSBORO - Much of the activity was off the field Saturday as parents rushed over to the fences to bring extra jackets, hats and gloves to their young players as they shivered through opening day at the South Mountain Little League complex.

In the bleachers, spectators offered enthusiastic, but muffled applause for their youngsters as they were alternately pelted by snowflakes and spring blossoms.

"We bundled our boys up for today," said Kelly Hagy, who was huddled next to her husband, Ervin Hagy, in the bleachers.

Shelby Hagy, 11, is a member of the Tanner's Landscaping team this year, his mother said. Jacob Hagy, 7, is in Kids Club - his first foray into Little League baseball.


The Hagys' two daughters - Grace, 8, and Anabelle, 5 - were trying to stay warm by being active, but eventually settled into their parents' laps for warmth.

Renee Shelow was at the fence cheering on her son, Dawson Shelow, as he took the field for his first year of Little League.

"Dawson is 7 and he's on the Coaches Pitch team," she said. "He's just learning."

Dawson brought a paper home from school not long ago that spelled out how Little League operates and how children can sign up.

"He said he wanted to play," his mother said. "And he has been very excited about opening day."

League officials announced the major and minor league teams as the event got under way. Each team took the field as members, managers and coaches were introduced individually.

The opening day ceremonies marked the beginning of the 37th annual season for the league.

Two years ago, the field was renamed Murphy Field in honor of Zachary Beard, an 11-year-old player who was killed in an ATV accident in 2004. Zachary's nickname was Murphy.

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