Baseball season is back in Milford, celebrating Little League’s 50th season at the Milford ballpark. On Friday April 21 hundreds of ball players and their families marched through downtown Milford to the ballpark in the traditional Little League Opening Day Parade. With over 600 athletes participating in this year’s season, it was quite a sight to see.
Once assembled in the ball park Ruth Campbell, President of Milford Little League, welcomed the crowd to the 2012 season and introduced umpires George Luff and Dan Siok to throw out the first pitches to commence the season. Both men will have the honor of being Little League World Series umpires by the end of 2012.
Now 54 years old, George played for the local Camden Wyoming All-Star team at the age of 12 that was predicted to go all the way to the World Series. After losing that game George told his mother that he would not go to the World Series unless he could play himself. As he grew older so did his love for the game as an player and advocate for Little League Baseball and as a coach and umpire for close to 35 years. Just months ago George received the news that on August 16 he will join an umpiring crew of members assembled from around the world to call the World Series for Little League Baseball in Williamsport, PA.
Dan Siok is the Chief Umpire at the Milford Little League and was part of the 2011 Big League Softball World Series Umpiring Crew in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Dan had the privilege of throwing out the first pitch for the 2012 Milford Little League Softball season to his daughter Lizzy Siok, a Milford softball player herself.
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/.