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It’s ‘Play ball!’ for Bayonne Buddy games on May 7

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BAYONNE, NJ – City residents can root on Bayonne’s Buddy Baseball league players on Saturday, May 7 as their second season is launched with a parade from Broadway.

The day will run until 2 p.m., but activities kick off at 10 a.m. in front of the Bayonne Community Museum, 228 Broadway and the corner of 9th Street, where the league’s parade will begin. Players will march from 9th Street to the playing field on 11th Street by Avenue E.

“Come out and support our amazing players,” said Elisha DeMaria, whose son Gabriel is a participant.

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Buddy Baseball is a league for mentally and physically challenged residents ages 4 to 21. Each player receives a donated uniform. The Bayonne Division of Recreation supplies all equipment. DeMaria and Bayonne Recreation Director Peter Amadeo created the league.

Mayor James Davis said of the players, “You are an inspiration to me, the City Council and the entire city of Bayonne.”

Opening day ceremonies will commence at the field, followed by the first slate of games.

The schedule is Yankees vs. Mets at 11 a.m., Cubs vs. White Sox at noon, and Dodgers vs. Angels at 1 p.m.

The Division of Recreation was awarded a $5,000 SportsNet New York grant for the repair and installation of a new backstop and fencing at the Buddy Baseball field. SNY is a regional sports network which features the N.Y. Mets.

Attendees should check Facebook to see if inclement weather cancels the day’s activities: https://www.facebook.com/BayonneSpecialNeedsCommunityInformation/.

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