Clarion Little League Holds Opening Ceremony For 65th Season (04/29/17)

Clarion Little League held their Official 2017 Season Opening Ceremony, today (Saturday, April 29th), at Paul A. Weaver Park. This season is the 65th for the local Little League.

Clarion Little League teams lined during  ceremony

League President Brian Smail was master of ceremonies for the event. He opened by thanking community sponsors, managers, coaches, board members and Clarion Borough council.

Smail presented a plaque to borough council member and team manager Ben Aaron for his work with council on behalf of the league. Smail also presented a plaque to Clarion News Sports editor Ryan Pugh for his fine coverage of Little League over the years.

Then the various team managers introduced each member of their respective squads.

Last year’s 9-10 year old All-Stars were introduced. That group won the District 25 and Section 1 Championships, going undefeated in both tournaments and advanced to States where they finished fifth.

Gary Mattis throwing first pitch

Then the National Anthem  was played, with the local Civil Air Patrol presenting the Colors. The players then recited the Little League pledge and the Volunteer pledge was read.

The Ceremonial First Pitch was delivered by player Gary Matus to catcher Derek Smail. Gary, who has Childhood Arthritis, will be collecting pop tabs at the concession stand during the season, to support the Arthritis Foundation.

(Have a great season, Clarion Little Leaguers!!!!)