Today’s news:

Little League Opening Day

Baseball’s back! Our Lady of Grace kicks off season

Brooklyn Daily

Photo gallery

1/4
Let’s play: Softball players took to the field on Opening Day.
2/4
Ready for action: Brian Diaz, 11, got into his infielder’s crouch.
3/4
Batter up: Taylor Clemente, 15, couldn’t wait to get her first plate appearance of the season.
4/4
On deck: Vito Dimola, 11, practices his swing.

Play ball!

Gravesend’s Our Lady of Grace Athletic Association kicked off its baseball and softball seasons with an Opening Day parade on April 28 that drew more than 500 players, parents, and fans to Monsignor Sclafani Field on Gravesend Neck Road.

The association’s vice president, Steve Peskin, said the festivities — which included four games to get the season started — are a rite of passage for neighborhood players who harbor dreams of someday turning pro.

“The kids were really excited,” Peskin said. “For some, it’s the first time they’ve put on a uniform, so it’s a big deal.”

But Peskin said the games teach youngsters life skills that extend beyond the baseball diamond.

“Baseball is really secondary,” he said. “Players learn the value of teamwork, camaraderie, and work ethic.”

Roughly 340 baseball and softball players aged 4 to 16 compete each year in the 20-team league, which also boasts six travel teams that take on squads from other neighborhoods across the borough.

Our Lady of Grace founded the athletic association in 1956. In 1992, the group took over the Gil Hodges Little League, which started as a sandlot organization in the 1950s but was later renamed after the Brooklyn Dodgers icon.

Reach reporter Daniel Bush at dbush@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow him at twitter.com/dan_bush.

Pin It
Print this story Permalink

Reader Feedback

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not BrooklynDaily.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynDaily.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

CNG: Community Newspaper Group