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Belmont Baseball Organization kicks off new season

Kids in the Belmont Baseball Organization join students in the third grade chorus from Belmont Elementary School in singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
May 09, 2019
BELMONT The Belmont Baseball Organization is back in action for the 2019 season following a special ceremony and a day of games.

Teams, coaches, volunteers, and parents gathered at Bryant Field on Saturday morning to usher in the of the 2019 season. The annual team parade was canceled this year, though a special ceremony took place welcoming the teams with organization president Tim Sottak giving special recognition to all those who have made the organization possible.

After the ceremony, Sottak said the rainy weather has been a significant issue leading up to opening day as have field scheduling with the varsity baseball team. He said they do have a lot of capable players with a lot of returning kids.

Leading up to the season some work was done on the fields, a project headed by board member Tim McWhinnie. They got some new equipment thanks to efforts managed by board member Danielle Embree, who got a good deal on some equipment.

"That's going to make the season go pretty smoothly," Sottak said during the ceremony.

Friends of Belmont Football will run the snack shack this year.

Sottak also recognized the many different sponsors. He said without them the prices for doing this would be much higher.

He also thanked the parents, saying he understands how difficult it can be to get out of work and then get their children to practices and games.

"I really appreciate you guys making sure your kids get there," Sottak said.

Belmont Elementary School music teacher Jen Shaw and members of the third grade chorus sang the National Anthem. All of the players who will be aging out of the program this year helped raise the flag over the field. Members of Cub Scout Pack 65 served as color guard.

Sottak then announced the teams and coaches through the different age groups.

The season officially opened with CS Sales/Rotary team facing off against the Franklin Youth League later that morning.

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