Pitch perfect

By on April 27, 2016

Hundreds attend Warwick Little League’s 21st Opening Night

Warwick Little League Senior Level players Nate Castellitto, Isaiah Lapp, Troy Castellitto, Kyle Morris and others form a teepee for younger players to run through during Opening Night festivities last Friday night. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Warwick Little League Senior Level players Nate Castellitto, Isaiah Lapp, Troy Castellitto, Kyle Morris and others form a teepee for younger players to run through during Opening Night festivities last Friday night. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Warwick Little League and the Lancaster Barnstormers have been a home run together.
The relationship has included Barnstormers’ pitcher Pete Andrelczyk, a former Miami Marlins prospect, lending a hand to WLL with players clinics, coaches instructionals and various fundraising aspects.
Plans are in the works for a Warwick Little League Night at Clipper Magazine Stadium on Thursday, June 30 when the Barnstormers host the Bridgeport Bluefish.
“Pete Andrelczyk is awesome,” Warwick Little League second-year president Spencer Todd said. “He reached out to all the Little Leagues across Lancaster County and has said, ‘Look, whatever I can do for you, let me know.’ We’ve really formed a fantastic relationship with the Barnstormers and they’ve been very, very helpful.”
It was no surprise then to see Barnstormers mascot Cylo at the Wilbur Fields complex last Friday night as Warwick celebrated its 21st annual Opening Night festivities. On a beautifully manicured field of dreams, young and old alike were abuzz for the start of a new season.
“We tried to keep it kinda short, sweet and simple … we’ve got 5 years old to 16 years old, so we tried to keep it moving, but the Parade of Teams was awesome,” Todd said.
In front of family and friends, approximately 350 players, decked out in red and black uniforms, raced onto the field through a human teepee line, former by the League’s Senior Level players.
“That was cool,” Todd said. “That’s the first time we’ve ever done that. We saw it somewhere and thought it looked pretty neat and it worked out cool. The younger kids really loved doing that, so that was something a little bit different and new.”
The threat of thunderstorms loomed during the day. In fact, WLL posted information on Facebook and its website alerting people to be ready for weather delays. But in the end, Mother Nature cooperated with a picture perfect night.
“We were definitely worried about the weather, (but) as the time got closer, the weather just got better,” Todd recalled. “It was gorgeous, it was warm, it was perfect.”
With fans packed along the third base line, the American Legion Post 56 was represented to raise the American flag, former WLL President Terry Duffin returned to serve as Master of Ceremonies and Barnstormers’ Vice President of Fan Experience Tony DeMarco did his part to build the excitement for the first pitch of the season.
“That was cool to have (Terry) come back and he did a fantastic job,” Todd said, “and Tony DeMarco came up and really got the crowd fired up.”
Clair Brothers Audio once again did an excellent job with all the sound qualities. “They’re awesome when it comes to that,” Todd said.
Eventually, Lititz Mayor Timothy R. Snyder threw out the first pitch &tstr; a strike, of course &tstr; and the 2016 season officially got underway.
Immediately following the ceremony, Warwick Little League’s opening game was played, in which the Warwick AutoPark Red Lines defeated Diehm & Sons 6-2 in a Major Level contest.
“It was a great Opening Night,” Todd commented. “It worked out perfect.”

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