KIMBERTON - Ron Stevens, who directed work at the Kimberton Youth Athletic League (KYAL) snack bar for seven years, was honored during the league's opening day ceremonies at Kimberton Park on Saturday, April 6.
Stevens and his family are retiring from work at the concession stand. Stevens received a special gift certificate and plaque and also threw out the ceremonial first pitch to start the 2013 season.
'The Stevens family has been a big, big part of KYAL,' said longtime KYAL president Rich Sim.
Sim said there have been a lot of changes made during recent years at KYAL for baseball, softball and T-ball. New scoreboards have been placed at all three fields and new lights have been installed for an organization that began work back in 1955. There will be a golf outing May 3 to benefit the circuit.
A tree has been dedicated in memory of Levi Dillon Tremblay, a member of the 2004 all-star team that finished as Mid-Atlantic Regional runner-up who was killed in an automobile accident back in November. The tree was donated by the Tremblay family as well as other members of the 2004 all-star squad.
There are some 750 boys and girls participating at KYAL this year. They are members of 62 different teams.
Boys baseball commissioner Chuck McQuiston introduced the boys as they took the field and girls softball commissioner Jim Phillips did the same for the girls.
KYAL had two all-star teams win Pennsylvania state titles in 2012 in the Cal Ripken Division and they were honored. They included the 10-year-old boys and 11-year-old boys.