Youth Baseball season opens in Hebron
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., Apr. 30, 2013
A gorgeous spring day greeted the official start of the Hebron Youth Baseball season on April 27, as both the minor and the major leagues held opening day ceremonies at Burnt Hill Park and Veteran’s Park, respectively. The festivities were a new undertaking for the league. “After speaking with several members of the board, nobody can remember an opening ceremony in the last decade,” said Hebron Youth Baseball President Steve Turco.
After a morning game between major league 70-foot teams the Athletics and the Dodgers (the Athletics won by a score of 5-2), all five 70-foot teams lined up on the field with their coaches: the Athletics, the Dodgers, the Orioles, the Reds and the Rockies. There were opening remarks, the playing of the national anthem and introductions of individual players and coaches. RHAM baseball coach Paul Steiner offered up a list of baseball-related advice to the young players, concluding with “Obey your parents and eat your vegetables.” He talked of a recent trip to Yankee Stadium to watch the Yankees take on the Arizona Diamondbacks. RHAM graduate A.J. Pollock was there to play with the Diamondbacks, and Steiner was there to see him play.
Pollock “is the starting centerfielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks,” said Turco. “He is a product of our local Youth Baseball Leagues, RHAM Middle School and RHAM High School, where he was coached by Coach Steiner.”
Steiner reminisced about watching Pollock play at Yankee Stadium. “If he can do it after starting in the same place, you can too,” he reminded the young players.
This year, Hebron Youth Baseball players sport new uniforms, sponsored by local businesses. Other changes to the league include a brand new website (www.hybsa.org), field protecting tarps, a new concessions menu at Veteran’s Memorial Park, and a new concessions trailer being installed at Burnt Hill Park.
“Improvements still to be done this year include new dugouts at Veteran’s Memorial Park, and new batting cage nets at all of the Youth Baseball fields,” said Turco. “Direct fundraising pays for a portion of these improvements, and in addition, a large part of this comes from the generosity and support of many local businesses who provide sponsorships to our leagues.”
Vin Colonna is currently serving as the new Director of Fundraising/Concessions for the league board. “Vin has worked closely with many members of our board and other volunteers to successfully increase our fundraising which makes the improvements described above possible,” said Turco.
Opening day ceremonies will be held for the t-ball and rookie leagues, details to be announced through the league website at www.hybsa.org.