Snowy field is no problem for Little Leaguers

Skye Kinkade
Mount Shasta’s Mitch Savarese of the Major Boy’s Cubs team smiles at the crowd during the April 14 South Siskiyou Little League 2012 Opening Day ceremony, held in the Sisson gymasium due to inclement weather.

Several inches of snow on Mount Shasta’s youth baseball field didn’t stop South Siskiyou Little League from kicking off the 2012 season Saturday morning, April 14. Instead of wading through the white stuff, organizers took Opening Day ceremonies inside the Sisson gymnasium.

Though space was tight, each of the 37 teams from Weed, Dunsmuir and Mount Shasta paraded around the gym to the applause of friends and family who packed the bleachers.

About 450 boys and girls as young as four years old stood at attention for the National Anthem, sung by Paula Reynolds, and then recited the Little League pledge, led by Kaden Riccomini: “I trust in God, I love my country, and will respect its laws. I will play fair, and strive to win, but win or lose I will always do my best.”

Parents then recited a pledge of their own: “I will teach all children to play fair and do their best. I will positively support all managers, coaches and players. I will respect the decisions of the umpires. I will praise a good effort despite the outcome of the game.”

The first pitch of the season was thrown by Allison Freeman from Dunsmuir.

Major girls on the Hooks softball team smile for the camera before South Siskiyou Little League Opening Day ceremony began on Saturday morning, April 14 in the Sisson gym. The ceremony was held inside because of inclement weather and a layer of snow on the field.