WESTFIELD, NJ — Congressman Leonard Lance served as grand marshal of the Westfield Baseball League's annual parade Saturday, when more than 1,000 people helped celebrate opening day for youth baseball and softball. Local dignitaries there included Acting Mayor Jo Ann Neylan, Councilman Mark LoGrippo, Councilman Frank Arena, Councilman Sam Della Fera, Councilman Ken Donnelly and Councilman Keith Loughlin.

Lance congratulated all of those who make baseball and softball in Westfield possible.

Players in grades kindergarten through 4 marched through Westfield, starting at Mindowaskin Park and ending  at Gumbert Park, where the league hosted traditional opening day festivities.

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Students from Westfield High School sang the National Anthem:

After the eight “first pitches” were thrown, the carnival took place in the parking lot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with food, rides and giveaways.

The league also hosted hitting and running contests and a food drive will set up at both parks to collect canned foods for a local pantry.

To learn more about the Westfield Baseball League, click here.