Little League opens season with elaborate ceremony

First Selectman Vicki Tesoro and Trumbull Little League softball player Victoria Dobrydney enjoy opening day.

First Selectman Vicki Tesoro and Trumbull Little League softball player Victoria Dobrydney enjoy opening day.

Trumbull Little League / Contributed photo

Trumbull Little League hosted Opening Day at Unity Park to kick off the spring season.

Most of the 62 baseball and softball teams had games throughout the day at Unity and Island Brook parks.

The TLL Board of Directors held a ceremony on Field 1 in the morning, with players, coaches, and parents in attendance. Emcee for the event was TLL Treasurer Kevin Chamberlain.

A ceremonial first pitch was thrown by 12-year-old players Brayden Showah to Rohan Kumar.

Trumbull resident and professional singer Billy Genuario sang the national anthem, to a backdrop of a giant American flag flying above the third base dugout courtesy of Long Hill Fire Department Ladder 204 and Trumbull Center firefighters.

First Selectman Vicki Tesoro, State Representative (and TLL Board Member) David Rutigliano, and Judge of Probate (and Reds 12u manager) T.R. Rowe addressed the youngsters present with encouraging words for a great season ahead, and special thanks to the volunteer coaches and parents.

TLL Co-Sponsorship director David Delibro recognized TLL’s sponsors for their support, especially Headline Sponsor Prime One Eleven, and major sponsors The Original Vazzy’s, Rayzor’s Edge Tree Service, Greensfee Athletics, Plasko’s Farm, Artistic Designs, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Lifetouch Sports, and Pepper’s Landscaping.

Chamberlain recognized the Town’s Parks and Recreation Department who maintain the ball fields in excellent condition, with special thanks given to Parks Superintendent Dmitri Paris and his staff for all they do, and to the Town’s fields contractor Greensfee Athletics.

TLL thanked several local businesses and families donating to the construction of a new scoreboard this year at Unity Park Field 5, including Prime One Eleven, Rayzor’s Edge Tree Service, Pappas Electric, Bismark Construction, Eastern Metal Works, The Dobrydney Family, and DeStefano & Chamberlain, Inc.

Throughout the day, Lifetouch Sports was set up to take team photos of all the Little Leaguers.

The three Trumbull volunteer fire departments also had several firefighters on hand with an engine to recruit new members to their ranks.

Trumbull High freshmen and JV baseball teams ran a throwing and catching clinic in the afternoon for the 5-year- old Tee-ball teams, thanks to head coach Phil Pacelli.

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