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Little League opens the season with parade, games and ceremonies

Winnisquam High School Coach Fred Caruso throws the first pitch. Courtesy photo. (click for larger version)
May 06, 2009
NORTHFIELD — The 2009 Tilton Northfield Little League season officially got underway on Saturday, May 2, with the annual player parade and opening day ceremonies at Dwinal Field in Northfield.

The beautiful weather and a great sense of community helped make it fun for everyone. The 2009 teams marched from Union Sanborn School to Dwinal Field where they were introduced to a large crowd of parents, family and friends. Once the players took the field, TNLL President Jim Shevlin thanked the five groups of people it takes to pull together a great day and what promises to be an exciting season.

First, the sponsors were thanked for their continuous support at every level, and then there are the volunteers who have worked many hours to get the season ready to go. Next the community was thanked, including the Northfield and Tilton police departments, the fire department, the selectmen, the Pines Community Center and others. The last two groups are the parents who drive the kids to practice, get them to their games on time and are of course the biggest fans, but really what would Little League be without the players? Baseball is about the kids and having fun playing a great game.

During the opening day ceremonies, the dugouts were rededicated to two local families who were instrumental in founding TNLL, the Brown family and the Joscelyn family, both of whom were on hand for the event. A new American flag was raised in honor of Robert Dwinal, son of Charles Dwinal, to whom the field is dedicated. The new flag was purchased with money donated by the community in memory of Robert, who was lost this past year.

Once the flag was raised, Kirk Young sang the National Anthem. The first pitch was thrown out by Fred Caruso, coach of the Winnisquam High School Baseball team, and to close out the ceremony, all the players yelled "play ball" to make it official.

Following the ceremony, the Tilton Northfield Fire Department and Police Departments opened their doors to the players. Players were able to explore the various vehicles at the departments and check out the many tools used by the police and firefighters.

Games were played throughout the day on Saturday and game results as well as other information can be found on the TNLL Web site, www.leaguelineup..com/tnll.

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