Babe Ruth Baseball celebrates opening day
— The baseball season in northern Queen Anne’s County got off to wet and windy start after spring storms hit the county hard the day before opening ceremonies. Saturday, April 8, the reorganized league — part of the Babe Ruth Baseball Association — opened the season with a parade of teams at White Marsh Fields in Centreville.
Twenty-eight teams, with members ages 4 to 17, were represented on opening day, as parents, grandparents and loyal fans braved the blustery weather to watch them take the field. Alyson Ingle, second vice president for the league, said this season brings a whole new board, comprised of parents who want to see the league back to the way it was when they were playing ball themselves.
This season the league recruited sponsorships from area businesses to help offset the cost of insurance and the fees to use the fields the county requires. These two items are very expensive, said Ingle, and the cost of registration covers just the players uniforms. The league has also hosted a couple of fundraisers, said Ingle, and they were able to purchase new equipment for the season.
We are hoping to keep the kids happy, so they will return to play and the league will continue to grow, said Ingle, adding that none of this could be accomplished without the many volunteers helping to pull the season together.
2017 Board Members for the league are: Brian Clark, president; Nathan Powell IV, vice president; Alyson Ingle, 2nd vice president; Erin Anderson, treasurer; Billy Blodgett, secretary; Bryce Roberts and Joe Athey, player agents; and Joe Saboury and Rob Morris, equipment.
The Goodwill Volunteer Fire Company flew the flag off their tower truck as Queen Anne’s County High School choir instructor Kimber Kalicky performed the National Anthem. Centreville Police Department’s Lt. Kenny Rhodes threw out the first pitch.
Soistman’s Family Dentistry leads off the parade for Opening Day 2017.
Dixon Valve Company’s Cubs.
From left, Livy Baker, Bella Knotts and Lilly Knotts with Quinn O’Neall wait to cheer on their brothers Caden Drabczyk and Landon Knotts on Opening Day 2017 at White Marsh Field.
Chesapeake Press Repair’s Orioles.
Team Rangers sponsored by the Richard Downey Foundation.
Centreville Police Department’s Lt. Kenneth Rhodes throws out the first pitch.
Mascots from Centreville schools share their team spirit with Kacie Osborn, Jesse Osborn and Dylan Dean.
Goodwill Fire Company flies the flag for QA Baseball’s Opening Day 2017.
Bats and helmets at the ready on Opening Day 2017.