Cape Gazette

Athletes honored during World Series opening ceremonies

By Nick Roth | Aug 04, 2013
Photo by: Nick Roth The Sussex County Young Marines color guard stands in the pitching circle as Hank Fuller sings the national anthem.

Roxana — Twenty teams representing all reaches of the world were honored Aug. 4 during the opening ceremonies of the 2013 Senior League and Big League World Series tournaments in Roxana.

Lower Sussex Little League has played host to the Senior League World Series since 2004, but now welcomes the Big League tournament as well. Girls will compete in round robin play through Thursday, Aug. 8. The top two teams will advance to the semifinals Friday, Aug. 9, and the winners will face off on national television Saturday, Aug. 10.

Tossing out the ceremonial first pitches were Rep. Ruth Briggs King, R-Georgetown, and Patti Grimes, executive director of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation.

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Girls from Milford, left, and Laurel each earned a spot in the senior league tournament. The two teams met in the first game, with Laurel winning 4-1. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Joshua M. Freeman Foundation Executive Director Patti Grimes tossed out one of the ceremonial first pitches. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Rep. Ruth Briggs King, R-Georgetown, threw out the first pitch during the opening ceremonies. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Girls from Seguin, Texas, represent the Southeast region in the Big League World Series. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
All smiles as they parade around the field are Milford players (l-r) Megan Fry, Haylee Scruggs and Harley Rickards. Milford won the Eastern Regional tournament. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Leading District 3 representative Laurel are (l-r) Gabby Culver, Alyssa Givens and Emily Pusey. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Leading the way for the District 3 Big League team are (l-r) Tori Williams, Mykala Steele, Morgan Smith and Cailey Isaacs. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
World Series Director Martin Donovan, left, presented Joshua M. Freeman Foundation Executive Director Patti Grimes with a plaque in thanks for the organization's support. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Jessie Dmiterchik, a Cape grad, was the emcee for the opening ceremonies. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Girls from Windsor, Ontario, represent Canada in the Big League tournament. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
The girls from Jessup, Pa., are all smiles as they parade around the field. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
The umpires all volunteered their time and paid their own way to participate in the tournaments. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
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