Cape Gazette

Perfect weather leads to colorful opening day

Lewes Little League announces renovation campaign
By Ron MacArthur | Apr 19, 2014
Photo by: Ron MacArthur There is no doubt the Lewes Thunder girls are among the loudest teams to attend opening day.

The colors of spring were outdone by the myriad colors of team shirts filling the streets of Lewes April 12 during the annual Lewes Little League opening day parade.

Teams, parents and coaches marched down Savannah Road to Second Street and to the park to begin the season.

During the ceremony, Lewes Little League President Mike Ciabottini announced a $200,000 campaign to rebuild the league's concession stand/field house and upgrade lights. The league is selling bricks to be displayed at the park to raise money. He said the fund drive was jump started with a $10,000 Schell Brothers donation, putting the total before opening day at $16,000.

Three people were honored for their dedication. The Faust family – represented by Skip and his mother, Janet – have been league supporters for four generations. Skip, a former player, is a coach, parent and board member. Janet helped start the girls' softball program in 1974.

The league also honored long-time supporter Dave Vitella, who not only has been involved with Lewes Little League, but helped form the Bagel Bombers program allowing extended play during the spring, summer and fall for 150 players.

Logan Shuttleworth sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" and Drew and son Luke Johnson recited the Little League pledge for players and parents.

Lewes Little League – in its 57th year – has 27 teams with 315 players. The national organization is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2014.

A Lewes police car and fire truck lead hundreds of players with their coaches and parents down Savannah Road April 12 during Lewes Little League's opening day parade. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The Lewes Little League Royals lead the way during a Lewes tradition – the opening day parade. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The Lewes Little League Nationals round the corner and walk onto Second Street toward the ballpark during the opening-day parade. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The Orioles and Astros march in the Lewes Little League parade. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Logan Shuttleworth sings "The Star-Spangled Banner" as Lewes Little League President Mike Ciabottini salutes the center-field flag. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Skip Faust and his mother, Janet, were honored during Lewes Little League opening day for more than four decades of support. They threw out the first pitches to get play underway. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Janet Faust, who helped start girls' softball in Lewes in 1974, prepares to throw a perfect strike. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Skip Faust, a Lewes Little League player, coach and board member, prepares to throw out the first pitch to start the 2014 season. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Kaylee Cox, a Lewes Little League pitcher, throws out a first pitch in place of Dave Vitella, who was honored on opening day for his support of the league. Vitella missed opening day because of his involvement with another baseball tournament.
The Lewes Major League Pirates shout out when their team is announced. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Lewes Lightning is pumped up and ready for the softball season. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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