Play Ball! Midget League starts a new season in Albion
Photos by Tom Rivers
ALBION – The Albion Midget League celebrated the start of its season on Saturday when all eight teams gathered at the field behind Town Hall on Clarendon Road.
Bryan Catlin, one of the coaches for the Carlton Elks team, and his players introduce themselves during the opening day program.
Greg Bennett, coach of the Rotary Lions team, passes the microphone to his players.
There are more than 150 players in the league, which includes eight teams. Each player was given a chance to introduce themselves before the crowd and other teams on Saturday.
For the second year in a row, a team from Holley is playing in the Albion league.
Joe Sacco sings the National Anthem before the ceremonial first pitch. Sacco has two grandsons on Sandstone Park.
Dan Bartlett, coach for Sandstone Park, and the players make their introductions. Sandstone is the defending champion.
Joe Canale is commissioner for the league. He announced that each of the eight teams won a sportsmanship award for last season.
Camryn London and the Barre Cubs get their turn with the microphone.
Coach Andrew Campbell and DeYonci Farley from St. Mary’s make their introductions.
Roger Furmanski is back as coach for the Vets.
John Fox, coach of the Actives, thanks his players and their parents for another season of baseball.
Jim “Buzzy” O’Mara throws out the ceremonial first pitch to Patrick Ricker, a catcher for Sandstone Park. O’Mara has been an umpire in the league for 30 years.