Manheim’s Little League season opens April 22

By on April 19, 2017

 

Manheim Central Little League is planning a day filled with games and activities to mark the opening day of its season on Saturday, April 22. Activities will be held at pool and creek fields located off Adele Avenue, in Manheim Veterans Memorial Park.

An opening day ceremony that includes introduction of the teams will begin at 9:15 a.m.; followed by the National Anthem, played by the Manheim Central Middle School brass choir; and the Little League Pledge.

Manheim Central Little League President Tom Reiner said that the first game will begin at 10 a.m., and teams from all the various levels from T-ball to the majors will play that day. He said that special guests will throw out the first pitches at the various games.

The event not only kicks off the Little League’s season, but it will also feature special activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children’s activities will include a bounce house and face painting. Chicken barbecue dinners will be sold during that time frame as well. Tickets for dinners are available prior to the event at $11, and may be purchased from any Little League player. Pre-purchased dinners may be picked up between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dinners may also be purchased the day of the event for $11.

Food and refreshments will also be sold throughout the day by the Mastersonville Fire Department.

Reiner explained that the chicken barbecue is a fundraiser. Funds will be used to purchase land to construct a field complex.

A group of Manheim Little League players, photographed in 2016.

A group of Manheim Little League players (left), photographed in 2016 prior to a game with a team from Warwick.

“Field space in Manheim is tight; there is a lot of demand for field space,” he said. “The number of teams is growing, but field space is not.”

Manheim Central Little League fields teams for boys and girls ages four through 13. Reiner said that currently there are about 150 children registered in the league’s program.

The league has used a field next to the Chiques Creek on Mill Street in the borough for its games for a number of years. The field and fencing sustained heavy damage from flood waters from Tropical Storm Lee in September 2011. It was repaired, but has had minor flooding several times since then. Manheim Borough manager Jim Fisher said that the Mill Street ball field is being shared this year by VFW and Little League teams.

Reiner said that the Little League would like to have dedicated baseball fields, and the organization is in negotiations to purchase land in Penn Township. Since the purchase is not finalized he declined to disclose the specific location.

“Our goal is to build a field complex with at least four fields, a concession stand, and lights,” said Reiner. “Lights are important since it will give us the ability to do evening games.”

He anticipates that the land purchase may be finalized this year. Then the organization will move forward with design of the complex.

For more information about Manheim Central Little League Opening Day or the chicken barbecue fundraiser, visit manheimcentrallittleleague.com, or the organization’s Facebook page.

Rochelle Shenk is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments and questions at RAASHENK@aol.com.

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