RANDOLPH, NJ-Little League parades are an annual spring time rite of passage for baseball playing boys and girls aged 5-12, that is celebrated this time of year in towns all across the USA.
Randolph’s Little League kicked off their 2015 season on Saturday April 25, hosting their annual parade, (See Video slideshow of parade at end of story) followed by a full day of games on a cool, but bright and sunny day.
Marching out one side of Heistein park, and entering back in from the other side, were kids from all levels; T-ball on up through the 12 year olds in the Majors. The procession was led by a Randolph fire truck, followed by Parks and Recreation Director Russ Newman and Mayor Joanne Veech, and finally Randolph resident Bill Dunne playing the bagpipes.
After the parade, Little League president Dave Tamres welcomed everyone, and started the proceedings with the National Anthem sung by Ellie Koenigsburg. Tamres then introduced Randolph Township Mayor Joanne Veech, who threw the ceremonial first pitch to little leaguers Justin Townsend of the Cardinals, Liam Lawlor of the Timber Rattlers, and Tyler Graney of the Georgia Tech yellow jackets
Mayor Veech addressed the crowd, wishing all the players good luck on the season. Veech then encouraged parents to get involved in voicing their opinions and give feedback on the township parks master plan, which will help the town decide what will best suit the needs of its residents.
Tamres and Little League VP Mike Townsend then presented a plaque of gratitude to Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Jeanne Montemarano, thanking her for her hard work and hours of dedication that help the program run smoothly.
Townsend called up Jim Cox who read the Little League Volunteeer/Parent Pledge, along with his son Ryan who read the Little League Player Pledge.
Tamres took time to thank all who make the program a success, stating, "Between the great coaches and dedicated committee members, we have an amazing group of volunteers who are ready to make this a wonderful season."
Randolph High School Varsity Baseball coach Doug Anderson spoke to the kids, encouraging them to "play hard but have fun.” He stated, “The memories you make in Little League will last a lifetime. Some of the boys on my varsity high school team still talk about their days playing Little League."
The festivities finished with a presentation of a new banner to the town. Last season, the Randolph 10 West All-Stars won the NJ District 1 Championship. The boys, who came within one game of the overall state finals, posed with the banner.
When the presentation was over, Tamres concluded by saying he is "Looking forward to a fun season." Specifically about the parade, Tamres said, "This event is a great way to celebrate the start of a new season, upholding the rich tradition of Randolph Little League baseball."
If you do not see the Parade video below this line, click HERE