Parents look on as this little guy takes a big swing. Photo by Ed Johnson, KP News

Warm, sun-bathed baseball fields at Key Peninsula’s Volunteer park greeted the Key Peninsula Little League Opening Day ceremonies in April. Over 300 players, coaches, managers, and umpires were joined by at least as many moms, dads, siblings, families and neighbors to welcome the new season.

VFW District 4’s award winning Honor Guard presented the colors, Peninsula High School student Alex Donahou sang the National Anthem, Kameron Polk and Jade Endsley led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Peyton Skoglund led players in the Little League Pledge.

As they assembled at the pitchers’ mound, KPLL President Greg VanOverbeke introduced KPLL 2009 All Star players and coaches 9-10 and 10-11 baseball teams coached by Corey Small and Scott Russell, Majors baseball and Majors fastpitch coached by Jon Kvinsland and Tiffany Martinez, Juniors baseball coached by Jeremy Carlson and Junior/Senior fastpitch coached by Penny Waldren.

VanOverbeke re-dedicated the newly up-graded ballpark and introduced KP Lions’ president George Robison who threw the first pitch of the season to Lakebay Mechanical majors team catcher Zach Lester.

A loud, “Play Ball!” set the season in motion.

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