Rocky River Little League, a community tradition of competitive baseball third- through sixth-graders in Rocky River, had its 61st annual opening day ceremonies and parade Saturday morning. The weather was sunny and 72 degrees as the parade of 24 teams was led from the Rocky River City Hall complex down Hilliard Boulevard, by a Rocky River police motorcycle, to the Goldwood Primary School south field.
The season was then ushered in by Rocky River Mayor Pamela Bobst, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch, before each team participated in a one-inning exhibition game, and took team pictures.
Rocky River Little League is truly a family affair, with five of the team managers – Patrick Lange, Christopher Cogan, Jamey Pfahl, Russ Combes and Joe Biven, who all also are RRLL alumni – currently coaching their sons’ teams. The Hartman family will be spending a lot of evenings at the fields this summer as their son Ross and their daughter Lindsay play in the RRLL majors. Andy Hackett is finally living his dream of being a Rocky River Little Leaguer after years of being his brother Andy’s bat boy. These are just a few of the many unwritten stories and memories that this season will create, memories that will be a part of Chapter No. 61 of Rocky River Little League; memories that will add to the legacy of the past, and build on a tradition in Rocky River that is timeless.
The regular season started Monday at 5:45 p.m., and the season will end with a best-of-three World Series July 8-10. Games are played Monday through Friday and start at 5:45 p.m. Saturday’s games start at 9 a.m.
Article courtesy of Jamey Pfahl