PORT CHESTER, N.Y. John Sorbella observed the scene Saturday at Lyon Park, and a smile engulfed his face.?The president of the Port Chester Youth Baseball League was happy because the boys and girls of Port Chester were enjoying opening day.?
Weve been really fortunate, said Sorbella, who has been involved in Port Chester youth baseball for more than 20 years. Weve never had a bad day. We always seem to pick the right day.?
The Majors division (11- to 12-year-olds) opened with the CYP playing the Police, while, on the adjacent field, Café Mirage and Tees Putnam Service played a minor league (9- to 10-year-old) game. Across the park, a pair of T-ball games were under way.
Sorbella said it was going to be a full day at Lyon Park, with four games in the Majors and Minors divisions on the two fields, as well as five T-ball games and five games in the Rookie division.
This is the ninth year Sorbella and the current board of directors have run the league. The Little League was previously run by the Village of Port Chester. When the current leadership began, Sorbella said, there were approximately 175 children playing Little League; now, there are more than 400 children playing.?
From the beginning, we went up and just kept going, Sorbella said. Weve focused on community-style events to promote the sport.?
Boys and girls arrived for their games with smiles and excitement, as did the coaches and managers, including the league president.?
I always like to watch the first day of practice and then come to opening day and see how much progress the coaches make with the kids, Sorbella said.
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