Opening day for Lower Sussex Little League set for Saturday


Coastal Point • File Photo: The Tigers get their group photo taken during last year’s event.Coastal Point • File Photo: The Tigers get their group photo taken during last year’s event.“Play ball!”

That’s what players, coaches, parents, and just about anyone associated with the Lower Sussex Little League program, will be hearing Saturday morning, as yet another season of baseball and softball commences at the Pyle Center complex in Roxana.

Opening Day ceremonies will begin at 9 a.m. as more than 600 kids eagerly anticipate the start of their first games of the season. The LSLL will feature 49 teams this year.

“LSLL is proud to be a great place for young people and families to have a great experience together,” LSLL President T.J. Bunting said. “Softball and baseball are only part of the benefit the entire community receives from all the activity at the Pyle Center complex. Providing young people a positive place to be coached and to compete in a team setting is invaluable.”

New this year for Opening Day is Anchors Aweigh Entertainment, which will be featuring their new video-game trailer. There will also be barbecue chicken platters for sale. As always, concession stand food will be available all day.

The day will also feature raffles and other fundraising opportunities. Local churches and the Lower Sussex Indians Pop Warner team will be on-site, conducting registrations for this fall.

The 2018 Senior League Softball World Series will once again be hosted by LSLL this year. The tournament will take place from July 30 to Aug. 5. It promises to be another world-class week of softball as teams from all over the globe descend on the complex, vying for a World Series championship.

The LSLL program features manager, coaches, team moms and dads, umpires, concession-stand staffing, and its Board of Directors are all providing their time on a volunteer basis.

With weather forecast to be beautiful on Saturday, there is plenty of fun, food and baseball or softball on tap for the area this weekend.

Extra Bases: Information on the Lower Sussex Little League can be found on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lowersussexlittleleague.