Rockville Little League's 63rd season underway
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Rockville - posted Tue., Apr. 23, 2013
The Rockville Little League kicked off its 63rd season at Gill Field in Henry Park on April 20. Larry Bojarski, the league's vice-president, said the league runs entirely on volunteers and help from sponsors. He also thanked the town of Vernon's Parks and Recreation and Public Works staffs.
All of the league's teams and coaches were introduced, including the instructional league and last year's regular season and playoff champions, the Exchange Club team. The league also honored 33-year volunteer Hans Petersen, who was a member of the board of directors for 29 of those years, and served as president for nine. He was also a coach for 18 years, including coach of the league's all-star team.
Steve Krajewski, assistant director at Vernon Parks and Recreation and a former Rockville Little League player, said Petersen also received the Parks and Rec. Distinguished Service Award in 2011, for a person who “goes above and beyond the call of duty.” Krajewski said Petersen was responsible for a lot of the league's facilities, including the batting cages and snack shack.
Krajewski wished all of the players a good season. “Good luck this year, and enjoy your Opening Day,” he said.
Bojarski said that many long-time volunteers have things named after them including the Howard Daniels instructional league, and the John Gill field. Petersen, who already has a field named after him, will be honored by having the assistance programs for players of lesser means named after him. “Rockville Little League would like to thank Hans for all his years of service, by naming the scholarship given to Rockville Little League players, the 'The Hans Petersen Scholarship,'” Bojarski said, reading from the plaque also given to Petersen.
The Vernon Deputy Mayor threw the ceremonial first pitch, which some of the umpiring crew said was just off the plate to the outside.
“The only thing left to say is 'Let's play ball!'” Bojarski said.