Opening ceremonies to precede Lancaster County Little League games Saturday at Dream Fields

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Take the family out to the ballpark Saturday, April 14, to celebrate the 2018 opening day of Lancaster County Little League.

Opening ceremonies will begin at 1 p.m. at  Dream Fields, 1385 Irvington Road, Kilmarnock. Games will start at 2 p.m.

According to Youth Club of Lancaster County president Travis Pittman, during the 1 p.m. ceremony, the Little League will recognize Lancaster High School boys varsity basketball coach Tim Rice, his staff and members of his team for winning the 2018 Group 1 state championship.

Robbie Spiers, who will retire in June as the Lancaster High School band director after 33 years, also will be honored, said Pittman.

Two former Youth Club of Lancaster County board members, Dianna Thomas and Tony Taft, will be recognized for their years of service, he said.

Little League teams also will be paying tribute to Lancaster County’s first responders, with teams representing each of the county’s three volunteer fire departments along with the rescue squads and local sheriff’s and police departments.

Opening Day Schedule

2 p.m,

Field 1, Minor boys, White Stone Volunteer Fire Department (WSVFD) vs. White Stone Police Department (WSPD)

Field 2, Minor girls, Northumberland vs. Lancaster

Field 3, Boys machine pitch, Northumberland vs Upper Lancaster Volunteer Fire Department (ULVFD)

Field 4, T-ball, WSPD vs Lancaster Emergency Services

Field 5, T-ball, Kilmarnock Volunteer Rescue Squad vs Upper Lancaster Volunteer Fire Department

Field 6, Girls machine pitch, Lancaster Sheriff’s Office (LSO) vs Kilmarnock Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD)

Field 7, T-ball, LSO vs WSVFD

4 p.m.

Field 1, Major boys, Kilmarnock Police Department (KPD) vs KVFD

Field 2, Major girls, Lancaster vs. Middlesex

Field 3, Junior boys, Mathews vs. Lancaster

Field 5, Boys machine pitch, Upper Lancaster Volunteer Rescue Squad vs. KPD

Field 6, Junior girls, Northumberland vs. Lancaster