King Philip Little League opens another winning season

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Cory Burke, left, caught the ceremonial first pitch thrown by Steve Bernard, a member of the 1984 team.

Cory Burke, left, caught the ceremonial first pitch thrown by Steve Bernard, a member of the 1984 team.

KPLL league president, Joe Parella

KPLL league president, Joe Parella

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Members of the 1984 KPLL State Championship team

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The King Philip Little League opened up the 2014 season by welcoming new and returning players to the game of baseball, while recognizing the achievements of Little Leaguers from years past.

In what turned out to be a perfect day for baseball, the sun kissed field at Veteran’s Park was filled with uniformed players from instructional T-ball to Majors, eager to take their positions and start their season.

This year’s opening ceremony was also marked by those whose field of dreams became a reality – the 1984 King Philip Little Leaguers who walked away with the state championship that year.

While some town Little League programs have suffered due to competing sports and leagues, the KPLL program continues to draw a strong number of players who learn and build on their baseball skills.

“We have taken a hit from other sports,” said league president, Joe Parella, “but we’ve found that balance to coexist with other sports.”

This year the league will field 23 teams in the various divisions with up to 12 players on each team.

In a ceremony that celebrated the game of baseball, the players from each team lined the grass on the edge of the infield while members of the organization and town officials offered encouraging words of persistence, hard work and sportsmanship.

“Baseball is a great sport,” Mr. Parella said. “It’s about winning, but it’s not all about winning.”

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