Baseball season is back in Milford, celebrating Little League’s 51st season at the Milford ballpark. On Friday April 19 hundreds of ball players and their families marched through downtown Milford to the ballpark in the traditional Little League Opening Day Parade.
Once assembled in the ball park Scott Petty, Vice President of Little League Softball, welcomed the crowd to the 2013 season and introduced umpire George Luff. Luff, a 24 year veteran umpire, presented Little League’s President Ruth Campbell with a special gift. On August 16 of last year George joined an umpiring crew of members assembled from around the world to call what is the highest game in Little League Baseball, The World Series. Out of thousands of applicants, he was chosen as only one umpire to represent the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States. George presented Ms. Campbell with a game ball from the Japan v. China game that went 9 innings and was decided by a walk off home run. According to Luff, it was the support of Ruth and the Milford Little League baseball organization that allowed him the prestigious honor of umpiring the World Series.
“It was an honor to represent Milford LIttle League and a privilege to see some of the greatest players in the world,” commented Luff. “The only way you get to the World Series is through a great support system.”
Three Milford teams were honored on Friday night before the ceremonial first pitches were thrown out. The teams included the Milford Pitching Machine team that won the Laurel Pitching Machine Tournament last July, the Milford Junior League baseball team that was crowned 2012 Delaware State Champions with their 2-1 win over Canal Little League last summer, and the Milford Junior League All-Star softball team that won the Delaware State Title, after a come from behind win in the championship game.
The first pitch of the 2013 Little League Baseball season was thrown out by Korey Mitchell and Brady Carter, both part of the 2012 Delaware State Championship baseball team. The first pitch of the 2013 Little League Softball season was thrown out by Haylee Scruggs and Jenna Campbell, both part of the 2012 Delaware State Championship softball team.
The Milford Little League is looking forward to enjoying its biggest season yet as spring is finally here. The all volunteer based organization does so much for the Milford community before, during and after baseball and softball season. They are looking for volunteers to help with grounds committee & facilities maintenance, umpiring, concession stand, fundraising and coaching. Individuals interested in volunteering should contact the Milford Little League Office by calling (302) 422-7630.