RANDOLPH, NJ- It is a time honored tradition that takes place all across the country this time of year. Although the weather may not feel like it, a sure sign that spring has finally arrived is the Randolph little league baseball parade, which took place this past Sat. April 26 on a cool sunny morning at Heistein park. Some would call it a rite of passage for American youth, a tradition that identifies “Small Town USA” as much as a Fourth of July fair and fireworks show does.
Randolph Mayor Jim Lovey’s was on hand to help welcome the start of the season. He threw out the official “First Pitch” to three players, Matthew Vogel representing the Minor American league, Logan Gleniewicz representing the Minor National league, and Michael Ippolito representing the Major league. The Little League Pledge was read by Ryan Ross and his father Bill Ross.
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According to League President Dave Tamres, “The parade marks the start of the season which promises to be outstanding. Watching the boys’ parade proudly in their uniforms makes all the hard work that the committee does in planning the season and this event, well worth it.”
Randolph Little League will field 55 teams this year from T-ball through Majors, and will have ten All Star teams playing this summer. The town has enjoyed much success in recent years. The 2001 and 2007 teams won the state championships, and went on to play in the regionals in Bristol CT.
After the parade, Tamres, and league Vice President Mike Townsend gathered the teams and parents and addressed them, with a few special announcements. They took a moment to recognize last years’ 11 year old East All Star team, and offer congratulations to them on finishing second in the state.
Also honored was Dennis Anderson, a long time volunteer coach and committee member. According to Tamres, “David has dedicated over 20 years to the Randolph Little League, and as a coach he led nine district, five sectional, and two state championship teams.”
Tamres also wanted to be sure that a “Thank you” was directed to the people behind the scenes who are integral in making all of the towns recreation sports seasons successful. He stated “I would like to give a special thanks to Russ Newman, Jeanne Montemarano, and the whole recreation department. Without their hard work this day, and the whole season would not be possible.”