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RYBA opens season with flag, honors


Hundreds of players and coaches were introduced during opening ceremonies Saturday at RYBA. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Hundreds of players and coaches were introduced during opening ceremonies Saturday at RYBA. Reporter/Mike Brown They call them the Boys (and girls) of Summer.

Rockdale’s Youth Baseball Association (RYBA) got a big jump on summer, holding opening ceremonies for the 2011 season Saturday, the second day of April.

League president Tom Loth said play is under way for 230 youngsters on 21 teams in five leagues.

“We’ve got something going on just about every evening and will have games through mid June,” he said.

There’s a new parking lot at the RYBA complex, located at the north end of Copeland Street, and new dugouts have been installed at all fields for 2011.

“ We’re proud of the way this looks,” Loth said. “ This represents a lot of work by volunteers to get everything ready for the season.”

Jarad Richards, RHS baseball coach, threw out the first pitch.


League president Tom Loth (L) officiated. American Legion members (L-R) Art Free, Joe Twohig, Harold Houser, Les Davenport, Leon Hammett and Ken Clark were part of ceremonies. League president Tom Loth (L) officiated. American Legion members (L-R) Art Free, Joe Twohig, Harold Houser, Les Davenport, Leon Hammett and Ken Clark were part of ceremonies. Members of American Legion Carlyle Post 358 donated a flag and flagpole to the youth baseball association and raised the flag Saturday during the opening ceremonies.

Lisa Debault sang the National Anthem.



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