PISCATAWAY, NJ – Hundreds of young baseball players and their coaches marched down Sidney Road to the Piscataway Little League complex on Saturday to mark the start of the 2019 baseball season in the township.
Members of town council and league officials led the annual parade as fire trucks and ambulances followed behind with their sirens blaring and emergency lights flashing, all to let everyone know it was time to “play ball!”
Teams from the major, minor and Challenger leagues and T-Ball program gathered around the diamond on Field 2 with members of the Piscataway High School Varsity and Junior Varsity baseball teams for the season opener celebration.
“I really hope you aspire to keep playing baseball through little league and jump up and join us at the high school on day,” said Nicholas McKee, the high school’s baseball head coach.
The Chiefs’ second baseman, Chris Lowry threw out the first pitch, followed by Mayor Brian Wahler who promised “to get it over the plate this time.”
As the young players waited in anticipation of playing in their season opener games later in the day, PLL officials paid tribute to the memories of PHS Coach Larry Lester and Schor School teacher Lillia McDermott, both of whom passed away earlier in the week.
They also remembered three former little leaguers, who several years ago, each passed away at young ages.
“We would like to remember the three young men who were taken away from us too soon,” said Executive Vice President, Sukie Flores, about Daniel Nols, Matt Hollan, and Matt Goumas who he said all loved playing the game at the complex.
“As the years go by and our angels are no longer with us, they will not be forgotten,” Flores continued as their fathers uncovered a wreath dedicated to their memory. “To me that’s a true statement. Those boys have never been forgotten in my eyes. I feel they are still here.”
The Piscataway Little League’s major and minor leagues use familiar team names borrowed from professional baseball, including the White Sox, Yankees, Mets, Pirates, Royals, Twins, Indians, and Orioles.
The program also includes T-Ball teams for children 5-7, and a Challenger League for children 6-18 who have special needs and play on a specially designed ballfield.
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