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Kelli Gard

Little League Opening Ceremony

Thursday was Opening Night at the Little Field and in it they honored the late Lee Martinez. The field was littered with colors worn by players in their uniforms there to commemorate the opening ceremony and also to honor Lee.  All ages were represented, including the legion players. Accompanying them were many spectators there to enjoy the opening ceremony but also to pay their respects to Lee. Lee dedicated 49 years to the Little League organization as an umpire and major supporter of the program.

Officer Cody Myers acted as Color Guard and presented the flag on horse back and Jessie Peterson delighted listeners with the Star Spangled Banner. After the National Anthem the League President Mark Reinig escorted Mayor Lars Baker to the pitcher's mound to throw the first pitch of the season. Dallin Draper caught that opening pitch and the game ball was presented to Lee's wife Pam Martinez.

A moment of silence was held in remembrance of Lee after which a banner donated by Fremont Reconditioning was unveiled by league umpires in center filed honoring Lee's many years of service.

And then it was time to Play Ball! Excitement abounds throughout all the players as they are off and running into a new season from the little T-Ballers to the big Legion players. There's a lot of energy and talent at the ballpark this year!