HAGERSTOWN -- Opening day for American Little League at Brandenburg Memorial Park was all about the renewal of tradition and pride in Hagerstown's urban heart.
"Our philosophy is to make it happen no matter what," league President Tony Caudo told those gathered after the players and teams were introduced by longtime opening day emcee Ralph Mauriello as they took the field for the national anthem and first pitches.
Caudo pointed to the park's refurbished field and noted efforts by the league's new board of directors to improve its own operation for the 61st season of baseball on Mill Street.
"We're just looking forward to being able to come back into the community for these kids," Caudo said. "We feel that baseball is an avenue to give these kids an opportunity to come down here and learn something. We're the most urban Little League in Hagerstown and we're really looking forward to the kids playing the game this year."