04/17/2008: "Opening Day On San Juan Island"
Twenty one teams, more than 250 children and 42 coaches will take to the three Elementary School fields this Saturday for the annual opening day festivities for the Friday Harbor Baseball & Softball Association. The event opens a season which runs until the middle of June and occupies the fields every weekday until early evening and most Saturdays all day.
This year Friday Harbor will field six coed T-ball teams; four minor league (7-10 year old boys), four major league (10-12 year old boys), one junior (13-15 year old boys) baseball teams; and three girls’ softball teams each for U13 (11-13 year old) and U10 (8-10 year old). The teams sponsored by these area businesses and service organizations.
Following a brief opening ceremony at 8:30 a.m. with Debbie Strasser singing the national anthem, all teams will take to the field for three to six inning match ups which last throughout the day. The community is invited to attend and enjoy the games, complete with a well-stocked concession stand, with games as follows:
In addition, a cleat and mitt exchange will take place all day. The community is invited to clean out their closets and garages to find useable cleats and mitts that their children have outgrown. Tie cleats together in pairs, then bring them to the exchange table on Saturday. Children are invited to check out the table for sizes that fit. Any equipment that isn’t given out on Saturday will be kept at the clubhouse for future years.
Friday Harbor Baseball and Softball Association is led by a nine member volunteer board and is always seeking volunteers to umpire, help sort and collect uniforms, work in the concession stand or help in any of these areas:
Kris Brown, Communications/President, 378-3432
Penny Dunn, Vice President/Sponsorship, 378-4130
Marilyn Goff, Softball Coordinator, 378-3370
Alexis Hauck, Secretary/Registration, 378-9149
Michelle Herko, T-Ball/Hit-A-Thon, 298-0220
Phil Hickenbottom, Baseball Coordinator, 370-5370
Brian Lambright, Fields and Safety Officer, 378-4218
Debbie Rishel, Concessions, 378-5494
Gina Sandwith, Treasurer, 378-1233