Scenes from SPFBL Opening Day 2017

Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS varsity coach Joe Higgins and SPFBL president Chris Bates at the youth league's recent Opening Day ceremonies. Credits: John Mooney
James R Sochan MVP Award winner Rich Danielovich with Chris Bates Credits: John Mooney
Steven Ferro, David M. Ferro Memorial Sportsmanship Award winner Andrew Susino, and Chris Bates Credits: John Mooney
Chris Bates, TAPintoSPF publisher John Mooney (Sponsor of the Year Award winner), Rob Christensen Credits: Tom Kranz
Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith throws out the first pitch. Credits: John Mooney
Fanwood Councilman Russ Huegel throws a strike to open the season. Credits: John Mooney
Mallory Banks, founder of the Rockin' for Autism event, throws out a first pitch. Credits: John Mooney

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League (SPFBL) held its Opening Day ceremonies in conjunction with Rockin' for Autism in La Grande Park for the second year in a row. 

Teams lined up along the perimeter of the park's big field dressed in their uniforms and holding creative signs. SPFBL President Chris Bates was the emcee with guest appearance from SPFHS varsity coach Joe Higgins, whose team helped with setup earlier in the day. 

Awards went to:

  • Volunteer of the Year: Jami Pawelec
  • James R Sochan MVP Award: Rich Danielovich
  • James P O'Brien Sportsmanship Award - Ryan Lopez and Aaron Carver
  • David M. Ferro Memorial Sportsmanship Award: Andrew Susino
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