More than 500 local youth and their families were on hand for the festivities Saturday morning as the local league celebrated the start to the season.
WINTER GARDEN — Winter Garden Little League kicked off the spring 2018 season in style Saturday morning with its Opening Day festivities.
Hundreds of local youth and their families gathered for a league-wide portrait on the bleachers at Walker Field, followed by the introduction of all 56 teams competing this spring.
In total, the league has a whopping 552 local youth signed up, ranging from t-ball to seniors (ages 15-16).
The ceremony included the "first pitch" of the 2018 season, with two honorees christening the start to spring. Debbie Dobbs — the longtime district administrator for Florida Little League District 14 — threw one ball, and Breven Walker — a Winter Garden Little Leaguer who is a favorite of teammates and opponents alike — threw the other.
Dobbs is in her final season as district administrator, drawing a conclusion to more than two decades of volunteer service to local Little Leagues.
The ceremony was followed by a scrimmage game, as well as fun and games for all in attendance.
Regular season games begin this week, with a schedule and more information available HERE.