Babe Ruth Base­ball cel­e­brates open­ing day

Record Observer - - Front Page - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­

— 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.

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