Baseball season is back in Milford, celebrating Little League’s 54th season at the Milford ballpark. On Friday April 22 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, President of Milford Little League Bill Bullock welcomed the crowd to the 2016 season and introduced Gary Emory and Ernie Scruggs to throw out the first pitches to commence the season. Over the years, both men have been a critical part of growing the program as they taught players and parents alike the qualities that Little League holds dear: Character, courage and loyalty.
Throughout his 35-plus year tenure with the City of Milford Parks & Recreation Department, Emory placed Milford Little League as a top priority grooming the ball fields and helping the organization any way that he could. In 2014, Gary Emory received a top honor as a little league field was named after him, becoming ‘Gary Emory Field’.
Ernie Scruggs was an integral part of the Little League Girls Softball coaching staff that saw a dedicated team earn the title of Big League World Series Champions in 2014. This team of girls has been to the Softball World Series three times, once as senior league and twice as big league. They earned three East Regional Championships. Although Ernie’s daughters have now moved on from those Championship teams, due to age, he is again coaching a Major League Softball Team with Milford Little League.
Bullock also presented the Jack Allen awards, honoring the man that started Milford Little League Softball. The honor is given to individuals that have been dedicated to Milford Little League for years. This year award winners were Ernie Scruggs and Muriel Gillespie. Gillespie is a dedicated volunteer of the organization. She runs the concession stand at the Little League fields and was the individual that lined up the escorts of fire trucks and police cars when the Championship girls won East regionals and World Series.
The Milford Little League is looking forward to enjoying its 54th season 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 and facilities maintenance, umpiring, concession stand, fundraising and 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 2016 season, families can visit http://milford-littleleague.org/.
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