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Hogga recalled; PYBRL also honors Kandrick, Simko

By Barry Sankey, Sports Reporter, bsankey@,

Thursday, April 18, 2013

PHOENIXVILLE - The Phoenixville Youth Babe Ruth League honored several people for their many years of service to the league during 2013 opening day ceremonies on Sunday, April 14, at Vic Marosek Park.
League president Butch Nattle and secretary/treasurer Heidi Nelligan directed the ceremonies.
The late Bob Hogga Sr. was remembered for his work as an umpire for the PYBRL. His name is inscribed on the league’s memorial stone. Hogga’s widow, Kathy, was present along with two of his three children, Bob Sr., and Jacki. The other sibling is Jon. Mrs. Hogga was presented with a bouquet of flowers for the stone.
Jacki threw out the ceremonial first pitch for softball to Jess Nattle, a former player who was injured last year but is now playing for the Spring-Ford High team. Bob Jr. threw out the first ball for baseball.
Some 375 boys and girls will take part in the program this year. They are represented on 27 teams.
John Kandrick and Pete Simko received certificates from the league for their work. Kandrick spent 35 years as a vice president in charge of girls softball and has stepped down. Simko worked as vice president of PYBRL and worked for more than 25 years and has also stepped down.
Volunteer workers Rob Cooper and Joe Benyish received the annual Vic Marosek Award for service and work at the field from Vic’s son, Brian.
Nattle cited Tim Pete for his many hours of work with the backhoe moving dirt in preparing the fields for opening day after last Friday’s rain. Victor James Plumbing and Heating did improvements and Schiele-Thornton & Son took care of the electrical work. Kelly Chevrolet has also been a big help to the organization.
Nelligan announced the teams and their sponsors. Eight T-Ball teams are included among the players.
Board member Vince Corraro, who serves as minor legue girls softball commissioner, also took part in opening ceremonies.
Chris White gave the invocation. Michelle Sinnott sang the National Anthem.