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.

The Tee Ball division's Scrappers, RockHounds and River Cats teams recite the Little League pledge during Friday night's opening ceremony.

Potomac Nationals mascot Uncle Slam runs the base paths to the delight of the crowd.

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.

Members of the Ironbirds of WLL's Rookie division take a lap around the infield.

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.

The AA Minors division Angels and A division Thunder and Rattlers, gather on Ed Long Field for the opening ceremony.

Parents and supporters with cameras line the fence, trying to get shots of their Little Leaguer.

Team members of the Tee Ball division's Bees have a little fun while waiting for the opening ceremony to start.

Occoquan District Supervisor Mike May gets ready to throw out a first pitch.

Fans line the bleachers during the April 29 opening ceremony.

One Response to “Opening Day for Woodbridge Little League”
  1. Eddie Sutton says:

    Wonderfully fantastic photos – brings back memories of my kid’s adventures in Little League that began more than 15 years ago. Your pics are making me miss those days! Nicely done.

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