Opening Day for Woodbridge Little League
Friday, April 29 — It was opening day for Woodbridge Little League (WLL), and hundreds of Little Leaguers, parents, supporters and local dignitaries turned out for the official start of the 2011 season.
The smell of hot dogs and popcorn wafted through the air as the familiar ball park concession stand opened for the first time, a dozen or so local dignitaries were introduced and thanked for their support of WLL, and the Potomac Nationals mascot, Uncle Slam, stole the show as he frolicked on the field, rounded the bases and high-fived the players.
Each of the 48 teams from all nine divisions — ranging from the 4- to 7-year-olds in the Tee Ball division on up to the 16- to 18-year-olds in the Big League division — were introduced and trotted around the infield to cheers and applause from those in the filled bleachers.
A local family, the Tyrrell’s, founders of Tyme ‘n’ Tyde Marina, were the sole inductees for 2011 into the Woodbridge Little League Hall of Fame for their long-time support. They have been responsible for sponsoring more than 300 Little League players over the years whose families were unable to afford the registration fees.
And after the ceremony wrapped up, four games began, lasting well into the night until the last game, an 8-3 win by the Twins over they Yankees in the AAA division, ended just as the automatic lights shut off at 10 pm.