Albion youth baseball braves cold and wind to start season

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 May 2016 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Leah Pawlak introduces herself as the microphone was passed to each player on the Rotary team during opening ceremonies for the Albion Midget League, which started in 1956.

This year there are six teams in the league. They gathered at the Midget League Field behind the Town Hall on Clarendon Road. The season continues until mid-July. There are also six Futures teams with players ages 7 to 10.

The teams played today in gusty weather with temperatures in the low 50s.

Jason Conn, center left, passes the microphone to Jack Ludwick. They play on the Barre Cubs, which won the championship in 2015.

Dan Bartlett, head coach of Sandstone Park, greets his players. Bartlett has been coaching the team for about 15 years. They were runner-ups for the title last year.

St. Mary’s players are lined up, including Nick Radder, right, and Ethan Ashton, second from right. St. Mary’s is one of the original teams from when the league started 60 years ago.

Dave Nashburn, head coach of the Vets, holds the microphone for players during their introductions.

Carlton players, wearing new uniforms this year, say their names to the crowd. Bryan Catlin, center, has coached the team for many years.

Joe Sacco, a former Albion mayor, threw out the ceremonial first ptich to his grandson, Christopher Sacco of the Sandstone team. Sacco then sang the National Anthem.

The league will have its annual chicken barbecue at the Midget League Field on June 4 from noon until sold out.

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