Cape Gazette

Play ball! Milton Little League opens 2013 season

Station 85's Hopkins and Warrington honored
By Dave Frederick | Apr 21, 2013
Photo by: Dave Frederick "Play ball!" Milton Little Leaguers (l-r) Victor Goodhue, Aaden Johnson and Lucas Santini get the 2013 season officially underway.

The Milton Little League Parade to commence opening day is timeless, with Pop Pop Denny Hughes driving a fire truck purchased for $8,300 some 60 years ago. Most of the coaches are parents and former Milton Little Leaguers themselves, and there are a slew of grandparents knocking about,  many related to each other through their children.

As part of the day's celebrations, Milton does a golf ball drop from a ladder truck. All balls in the hole get prize money. This year the ball drop raised about $4,500 and Scott Wilkins, a coach, was the first name drawn for a prize of $1,000, which he was pressured either to give back or buy boiled dogs for all the players in the league.

Terri Betts Carey received a plaque from Derek Clifton for 10 years of service.

Milton Fire Department President Johnny Hopkins threw out the first baseball caught by Seth Workman while Mary Ann Warrington, president of the MFD Ladies Auxiliary, threw out the first softball.

Milton Fire Department Ladies' Auxiliary President Mary Ann Warrington tosses out the first softball of the season. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
President Johnny Hopkins of the Milton Fire Department tosses out the first pitch. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
You are not local if you don't know Denny Hughes always drives the vintage Milton fire truck. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Alan Jackson and Gauge Betts drop golf balls from the top of the ladder. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Sarah Garrison, a Mariner student, knocks the national anthem out of the park. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Good eye! Good eye! The Pirates are ready to play ball. (Photo by: dave Frederick )
The Braves are ready to rock! (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
The Athletics are already talking noise. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Let's go, Mets! (Photo by: Dave frderick )
Orioles look forward to the 2013 season. Shown are (l-r) Cole Quillen, Matt Walsh, Logan Dominick and Seth Workman. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Terri Betts Carey, left, is awarded a plaque by Derek Clifton for 10 years of volunteer work in the concession stand. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
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