It may have been warmer and dryer in the middle of March than it was for opening ceremonies at Soldotna's Little League Park last week, but the cool cloudy weather didn't dampen the spirits or cool the hearts of the kids and parents who turned out to start another baseball season and honor their hometown heroes.
"It was a continuation of the honoring of hometown heroes program that was started last year," said Soldotna Little League President Doug Schoessler.
Soldotna Little League parents and friends watch the opening ceremonies.
About 15 members of the Soldotna Police Department, CES Firefighters and Alaska State Troopers turned out to be honored by Soldotna City Mayor David Carey, the players and their parents. In return, some 350 players and coaches ran through a hometown heroes high-5 reception line.
In a proclamation naming May 9th as "Guy Hayes Day," Mayor Carey pointed out that parents visiting from other areas see the Soldotna Little League fields as the "Field of Dreams," because of their excellent condition.
Soldotna's Littlest Angels wait to get a high 5 from their hometown heroes.
"Guy Hayes has given immeasurably of his time and expertise to oversee the Soldotna Little League Fields with the result being the professional level of fields we enjoy today," said Carey.
The opening ceremonies took place at Guy Hayes field, named after Hayes who has been involved with the Soldotna Little League since 1970 and has become loved by kids and parents alike as a coach and volunteer.
Members of the Soldotna Police, CES, and the AK State Troopers, are honored at opening ceremonies for Soldotna Little League.
Soldotna Little League will be fielding nearly 30 teams this year that range from T-Ball to Senior League. The short season that started Saturday will continue through June 20th.
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