PLAY BALL

Bright sunshine, warm temperatures and no wind — the perfect combination for Opening Day of the Winslow Little League.

The teams hit the field April 16 for the first games of the 2005 season.

Before the boys and girls took their positions, league officials formally opened the season by announcing teams and their coaches, thanking league sponsors and by dedicating the season to Winslow’s sons and daughters serving in the U.S. military.

SFC Dave Rush threw the ceremonial first pitch with Alex Lomeli catching.

Rush served in the Gulf War and returned to Iraq to serve again in April 2003 with the 1404 Transportation Company. He returned home earlier this month, after 15 months to tackle another difficult job — managing the Major Boys’ Royals.

The day’s festivities began at noon with the introduction of this year’s Little League Board. They are co-Presidents Debbie Brown and Valerie Huerta; Ruth Smith, Nate Velez, Michelle Cuellar, Danielle Martinez, Manny Perez III, Avery Smith, Quentin Hayes, Kristi Parsons, Ruby Montoya, Kerry Pugh, Myla Bolton and Sara Hansen, the representative from Joseph City.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3076 Color Guard carried the flag for the National Anthem.

The Minor boys and girls and the Major boys began the season at 1 p.m.

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