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Anticipation Builds At The Ball Fields

Teammates line up behind a fence, hoping for their turn at bat.

Teammates line up behind a fence, hoping for their turn at bat.

Running with all his might; base hit, by the way.

Running with all his might; base hit, by the way.

Ready to make that next play.

Ready to make that next play.

SANATOGA PA – The sounds from the baseball fields early Wednesday evening (May 27, 2009) at Gerald Richards Park, Buchert Road, were not much different than those of other Wednesdays in recent weeks: kids hollering, parents cheering, the chug-chug-chug of motorized pitching machines and, to some coaches’ agony, only an occasional crack of the bat.

But there was anticipation, too.

The Pottsgrove Little League, which annually sponsors and hosts baseball training, games and activities for hundreds of boys and girls in Lower, Upper and West Pottsgrove PA townships, is looking ahead to June 13 (2009; Saturday), when it has scheduled its Celebration Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park.

League President Tim Brown, who took a break from keeping box scores to talk about the event, said he hopes the planned day of food, fun, and several games will draw local residents who might not otherwise venture out to watch the youngsters play. “Our kids are sure looking forward to it,” he said, “and we’d love to have lots of spectators.”

"Throw it here. Throw it here!"

"Throw it here. Throw it here!"

Introductory ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. All-star games for Tee-Ball participants will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; for Instructional Ball players from noon to 2 p.m.; for Minors team members from 3-5 p.m.; and for Majors players from 6-8 p.m.

Throughout the day a variety of sports-related games are scheduled for all to enjoy, with a wristband fee of $5, and the Reading Phillies’ mascot will make an appearance from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All children must be accompanied by an adult during the day’s events and festivities.

The volunteer organization needs some extra hands, Brown noted, to help set up for Celebration Day activities. Those who can spare a couple of hours offering assistance should send an e-mail regarding their availability.

Little League President Tim Brown keeping score.

Little League President Tim Brown keeps scores, schedules, and more.

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