Chatham Baseball Shrugs off Rain on Opening Day: Play Ball!

Baseball Club of Chatham's Joe Saluzzi introduces Anna Paskalides during Opening Day ceremonies at Shunpike Field Credits: TAP Chatham
Coach Ben Vondussa of Kevin Crouse Auto talks to his players before the game Credits: TAP Chatham
Coach Ben Vondussa goes over how to hold the glove with members of the team sponsored by Kevin Crouse Auto Credits: TAP Chatham
Anna Paskalides, 13, braved the weather to sing the national anthem on Opening Day for Chatham Baseball Credits: TAP Chatham
Mayor Curt Ritter and his daughter, Molly, before Chatham Baseball Opening Day ceremonies at Shunpike Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - The enthusiasm was real. Coach Ben Vondussa spoke to the 8-year-old members of his baseball team - sponsored by Kevin Crouse Auto Design - as if it was the most beautiful weather day of the year.

There is something very positive associated with the opening of the baseball season and the Baseball Club of Chatham backed up that feeling with Opening Day ceremonies it presented through rainy conditions Saturday at Shunpike Field.

Chatham Middle School student Anna Paskalides, 13, sang the national anthem and Chatham Township Mayor Curt Ritter threw out the first pitch to mark the start of the baseball season for some 800 Chatham youngsters.

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Chatham Township Mayor Curt Ritter throws out the first pitch on Opening Day for Chatham baseball

Anna Paskalides, 13, ignores the rain while singing the national anthem on Opening Day of the baseball season for Chatham at Shunpike

Chatham Township Mayor Curt Ritter thanks the many volunteers that make Chatham baseball successful


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