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Caz little leaguers celebrate opening day

The Cazenovia Baseball and Softball Association celebrated the start of the season for players 9 years to 12 years old on Saturday May 7, with their annual Opening Day Parade. The ceremonial stroll began at Burton Street Elementary School, as the players, lead by Cazenovia Fire Chief Gil Hodges driving Engine 131, marched to the Burton Street Fields.

The opening ceremony was conducted by Terry Damon, President of the Cazenovia Baseball and Softball Association. Damon acknowledged the importance of volunteerism to support a community baseball and softball program, and thanked the many program volunteers from past to present. He gave specific recognition to Phil Cunningham and company, for assisting with field maintenance after this very wet spring. Damon also thanked the Cazenovia Police Department as well as the village and town of Cazenovia Departments of Public Works for their service.

Cazenovia High School junior Kelly Dougherty sang a beautiful rendition of the national anthem and Mayor Thomas J. Dougherty delivered an inspirational speech. Dougherty told the players that one of his first public services was to help build the baseball fields on Burton Street, and he has been hooked ever since. He told the players to imagine that if they stay involved in baseball, they may become coaches someday and even maybe the mayor of Cazenovia.

Terrance Omans began the little league season by throwing the opening pitch to his grandfather Terry Damon. About 80 players and over 20 coaches from eight teams partook in the opening day ball games.

Visit cazbaseballsoftball.org to keep posted on the latest scores and team standings.

John LaGorga is Senior Project Manager II at GHD in Cazenovia as well as an aficionado of community baseball and softball.

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