Play Ball: Little League season begins

by Audrey Thomasson

First responders stand at attention with players and coaches during the national anthem. Photo by Audrey Thomasson

Lancaster County Little League returned to the sandlot last Saturday for a season honoring the community’s first responders. This year, team names feature the volunteer fire, rescue, sheriff and police departments from Lancaster, Upper Lancaster, Kilmarnock and White Stone.

According to Youth Club of Lancaster County president Travis Pittman, some 200 children carry the name of a first responder unit on their jerseys—a reminder of the heroism of Lancaster’s best.

During Saturday’s ceremony at Dream Fields near Kilmarnock, team players from T-ball, softball and baseball, were interspersed with men and women in official dress uniform as they took the field for pre-game festivities.

Also honored were two former Youth Club of Lancaster County board members, Dianna Thomas and Tony Taft, the 2018 Lancaster High School State Champion basketball players and coaches, and retiring LHS band director Robbie Spiers, who threw the honorary first pitch to basketball coach Tim Rice.