Baseball season is back in Milford, signaled by the Little League parade downtown on Friday, April 15 and Opening Day ceremonies on Saturday, April 16. In 2010 Milford Little League brought home two baseball championships and three softball championships with a total of 650 athletes participating in the program. This year, in 2011, there will be over 730 baseball and softball players taking to the field, with over 130 starting their career in the tee ball league.
On Friday night, April 15, athletes from all age groups walked the parade route from Bicentennial Park to the ball fields located next to the Milford Parks and Recreation Building. Once assembled in the ball park Ruth Campbell, President of Milford Little League, welcomed the crowd to the 2011 season and introduced the two athletes who threw out the first pitches to commence the season.
Samantha Gillespie threw out the first pitch to start the 2011softball season. Samantha has committed herself to her community through organizations such as Girl Scouts and has received numerous awards including the President’s Volunteer Service Award. On Saturday, April 16 she received her gold award, the highest honor in The Girls Scouts, by dedicating a memorial she created and built herself for Chase Rothermel who passed away five years ago after a tragic sledding accident.
Garret McKee threw out the first pitch to start the 2011 baseball season. In 2007, at the age of 10, Garrett secretly saved money to help his Aunt Char who worked as a nurse manager at the Rehabilitation Center at Milford Memorial Hospital. In the summer of 2008 he saved $300 to buy a Nintendo Wii which he purchased for the patients at the rehabilitation center so they could use it as a tool towards recovery. The patients, therapists, doctors and nurses were all so grateful for his selfless donation. With other charitable acts such as delivering food baskets during the holidays and participating in events at the Nazarene Church in Milford Garrett has managed to maintain his honor roll status every year.
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 season. They are looking for volunteers to help with grounds committee & facilities maintenance, umpiring, concession stand, fundraisingand coaching. Individuals interested in volunteering should contact the Milford Little League Office by calling (302) 422-7630. For more information on the organization and the 2011 season visit http://milford-littleleague.org/.