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King George Little League Opening Day

Opening Day was picture perfect for the start of the 30th season for King George Little League Baseball, which was held on Saturday at Barnesfield Park.  The sun was shining, the temperature was warm, not stifling, and the program was well done.  KGLL President Jim Roberts spoke to a large crowd of players, coaches, parents and fans in a short but sweet speech highlighting King George Little League.  “Play ball,” Roberts proclaimed at the conclusion of his address.  Then the King George High School JROTC Color Guard marched forward to prepare for the traditional playing of the National Anthem.
Rachel “Boom Boom” Sheehan, a member of the Challenger Reds team, did an outstanding job in her flawless, heartfelt singing performance of the National Anthem to kick off the KGLL season.  Last season Rachel performed the anthem, by invitation, at the World-Wide Challenger Jamboree in Virginia Beach in front of 20,000 people, according to her coach Linda Davis.

Each of the 36 teams ran out to the pitcher’s mound with their team flag as they were introduced.  Approximately 450 players, ranging in ages 5 to 16 (5-22 years old for the Challenger League), will be participating in this year’s King George Little League Baseball.  KGLL T-ball and coach-pitch teams compete in games within the county, and the rest of the teams also play against the nine other District 15 teams from surrounding counties.  
Little League games continue through the first week of June. One All-Star team per division, in minors and older, is chosen in mid-June to participate in District Tournaments.  Last year the KGLL Junior Softball All-Star team advanced to the state championship game, finally succumbing to Mechanicsville’s team.   That feat was the furthest any KGLL team has ever advanced.
The Baltimore Orioles’ mascot was on hand at Opening Day, posing for photos and making his way around the grounds, and the Oriole Advocates, an organization that involves itself with youth baseball, was also at the event.   You could buy a chance to dunk a KGLL board member at the dunking booth or enjoy the many treats at the concession stand. 
Roberts said KGLL is “all about the kids.”   He stressed the importance of making the Little League experience fun for the kids.  “Thanks to Lisa Robert (Opening Day Chairperson), Shannon & Sam Lewis (Pitch, Hit, & Run Competition), Michael Gallamore, Lori Koenigsberg, The Journal (programs), NSWCFCU for its partnership, KGLL Board and the many volunteers and sponsors, Opening Day was a great success!” Roberts said.
1st place Winners of the Pitch, Hit and Run Competition
7-8 year old girls:  Pitch – Myah Lyburn; Hit – none; Run – Kellie Bentz; Overall – Myah Lyburn.
7-8 year old boys: Pitch – tie Brady Wingeart, Kegan Jones, Casey Richmond, Timothy Bentz, Ryan Moore;  Hit – none; Run – none; Overall – Brady Wingeart, Kegan Jones, Casey Richmond, Timothy Bentz, Ryan Moore.
9-10 year old girls:  Pitch –  Katie Bentz; Hit – Juliette Truslow; Run – Katie Bentz; Overall – Katie Bentz.
9-10 year old boys:  Pitch –  tie Noah Mills, Bryan Yowler, Connor Herndon, Tyler Johnson, Brian Nalls, Joey Holman; Hit – Graham Bartolomei; Run – Sam Stahl; Overall – Noah Mills.
11-12 year old girls:  Pitch –  Alexis Sheehan; Hit – Alexis Sheehan; Run – Jaylyn Anderson; Overall – Alexis Sheehan.
11-12 year old boys:  Pitch –  Shane Simpson; Hit – Joe Bentz; Run – Jonah Casebeer; Overall – Shane Simpson.
13-14 yr old girls:  Pitch –  Shelby King; Hit – none; Run – Shelby King; Overall –  Shelby King.
13-14 year old boys: Pitch – Jacob Stahl; Hit – Bailey Pierce; Run – Bailey Pierce; Overall – Bailey Pierce.
The winners will advance to the Virginia Sectional Competition May 22 at Manassas Park.
 

Teri Priebe
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