PHOENIXVILLE - A total of 375 boys and girls took part in opening day ceremonies as the Phoenixville Youth Babe Ruth League (PYBRL) opened its 2014 season on April 13 at Vic Marosek Park.
Members of the Major and Minor League boys baseball, Major and Minor girls softball, T-ball and clinic teams lined Butch Nattle Field for the ceremonies before seven games were played on the first day of the new season. Twenty-nine teams overall will see action there this year.
League president Butch Nattle and treasurer Heidi Nelligan handled the opening ceremonies, and other members of the board were also introduced and also took their places at the diamond.
Tom Woods received the annual Vic Marosek Award in honor of the late league official whose name is at the fields for all of his many years of dedication to the circuit. Vic’s son, Brian Marosek, presented the award.
Former Charlestown Township supervisor Irene Ewald, who served for 14 years, threw out the ceremonial first ball for girls softball to league player Angelina Tedesco. Ewald was joined at the ceremonies by son Jonathan, one of her three sons who played in the league years ago. Her late husband, Mike, also served as a league manager.
John Kandrick threw out the first ball for baseball to Robby Sullivan of the White Sox.
Nattle said 80-90 volunteers served as a grounds crew who helped prepared the fields for use prior to opening day.
Sophie Sullivan, a Phillies girls softball player, sang the national anthem.
Crhis White delievered the invocation.