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Westfield’s Youth Baseball & Softball Kicks Off Season With Annual Parade and Carnival

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Teammates pose with unofficial mascot, Finn Brochu, during Westfield Youth Baseball and Softball League's annual parade on Saturday Credits: Kate Brochu
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Westfield Baseball and Softball League players gather at Mindowaskin Park Saturday before the annual parade. Credits: Kate Brochu
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Coaches, players, and family members gather for the official Westfield Youth Baseball and Softball parade on Saturday. Credits: Kate Brochu
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Westfield Youth Baseball and Softball players gather with their teams at Mindowaskin Park ahead of the annual parade to Gumbert Fields Credits: Kate Brochu
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Teams gather at Mindowaskin Park before marching in the annual Westfield Youth Baseball and Softball Parade. Credits: Kate Brochu
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Players and Family members celebrate the annual Westfield Youth Baseball and Softball League parade on Saturday. Credits: Kate Brochu
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Teams line up to march in Saturday's Westfield Youth Baseball and Softball League parade. Credits: Kate Brochu
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Coaches, players, and families march in Saturdays baseball/softball parade. Credits: Kate Brochu
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Teams sit in the outfield during opening remarks at Gumbert Field after the annual baseball/softball parade. Credits: Kate Brochu
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WESTFIELD, NJ — Players and their families participated in the annual Westfield Youth Baseball and Softball Parade on Saturday. The event celebrates the official start of the 2018 season by parading from Mindowaskin Park to Gumbert Fields.

Local dignitaries, including Senator Thomas Kean, Jr., attended the parade to celebrate the season kickoff.

“This sport, this tradition is all about families,” Kean said as he recalled attending the parades with his daughters.

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Noah Ament, president of the Westfield Baseball League, welcomed the players and thanked everyone who made opening day a success, including the Westfield Department of Public Works.

“Everyone take a deep breath, enjoy the fresh air and the great weather,” Ament said.

Mayor Shelley Brindle was unable to attend the event due to a previous commitment, but Councilwoman Linda Habgood, a former youth softball player, spoke in her place.

“Work hard, listen to your coaches and commit to the team and you will reap huge rewards,” she said.

After official announcements and ceremonial “first pitches,” players and their families enjoyed carnival rides and activities before several teams participated in optional scrimmages throughout town.

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