West Sacramento Little League turns 60
Little-leaguers representing 42 teams and 500 strong from T-ball to majors trotted in, they slapped hands with players and coaches from other teams and then took their place where the infield dirt meets the outfield grass on the major diamond at Memorial Park in West Sacramento on Saturday morning. It was another "Opening Day", but this one was extra special for West Sacramento Little League, established in 1954, the organization with the tight-knit family feel was celebrating for the 60th time.
The 2014 West Sacramento Little League Board Members
Ceremonial first pitches were tossed out by two former early-days West Sac Little League players Daryl Fisher and Russell Dunsmore. Yolo County Supervisor Oscar Villegas, Mayor Pro Tem Mark Johannessen and Council Member Christopher Ledesma also received the honor.
Daryl Fisher Throws out a first pitch
Oscar Villegas throws out a first pitch
The Sacramento River Cats mascot, Dinger made an appearance to offer hugs and high-fives and to help celebrate the community milestone.
One of the highlights of the day was the presence of Lindsay Williams back at the ballpark. Lindsay runs the snack bar at Memorial Park amongst many other tasks that she either has assigned to herself because she has a huge heart, or frankly nobody else is quite as capable or willing, and in many cases all of the above. What makes Lindsay so special is her love of life and of people. Only a week removed from her last round of Chemo in her second battle with Cancer nobody was happier for the start of a new baseball season than her. She is a walking inspiration to all, has the warmest smile, and her cute laugh, let's just say it carries...In a wonderful way!
Snack Bar Coordinator Lindsay Williams
The major Giants, led by manager Adam Williams captured the District 6 Tournament of Champions banner. Williams, along with his coaches and players also took home the 11-12 Allstars District 6 and Section 4 flags. The Section is extremely hard to win, especially for such a small little league like West Sacramento. It was just the fourth time in the league's first 60 years. The boys were introduced and then raced out to hang their winning flags on the outfield fence.
Manager Adam Williams
The Tournament of Champions Major Giants
The District 6 and Section 4 11-12 All-Stars
The day was capped off by each team taking to their respective fields for scheduled one inning exhibition games. Official league games begin on Tuesday, March 18. You can see the complete gallery of photos from Saturday's Opening Day Ceremonies here.
Keywords: All-Stars, Baseball, Daryl Fisher, Dinger, District 6, Opening Day, Oscar Villegas, Sacramento River Cats, Section 4, Sharp-Eye Images, Sports, West Sacramento, West Sacramento Little League
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