Ferris league hosts opening day ceremonies
By 04/17/2003 00:00:00
The Ellis County Press
FERRIS - Bats were swinging and balls flying at the second annual Ferris Baseball and Softball Association's Opening Day ceremonies, Saturday, April 12.
'I just thought we should do something to start us with a kick-off ceremony,' said Opening Day Committee Chairperson Rebecca Pugh.
To offset the high cost of uniforms, shoes and other equipment each team set up individual booths to raise funds.
Over $4,000 was raised to support Ferris youth, with over $2,000 going to Ferris Baseball and Softball Association and individual teams raising over $2,000 said Pugh.
Teams use the money raised at their discern, depending on what each team's needs are, according to Pugh.
To kick off the day's festivities, each child was honored as announcers read their names and they took to the field with their team.
A father and little league volunteer for 17 years, Victor Garcia threw the first inaugural pitch to kick off the league's season.
Garcia began volunteering his time to the league when his daughter began playing t-ball.
'Before it was a league,' he said.
The association has 18 boys and girl's teams, representing young girls age four and up to teenagers 15 and under.
Little league teams entertained audience members with innings and innings of scrimmages.
Food was plentiful at this year's festivities, with the crowd munching on festival favorites, such as cotton candy, BBQ sandwiches, snow cones, chips, and sunflower seeds.
The festival provided fun for the whole family allowing participants to watch a game, have their face painted, or play games like ring toss, miniature golf, basketball shooting.