OCEAN TOWNSHIP: Cheers filled the stadium at Colts Field in Wanamassa as songstress Reanna Runge delivered an outstanding rendition of the National Anthem on Opening Day for the 50th year of Ocean Little League.
"That was really something", said a fan as the teams were prepping for the brief ceremonies that followed.
League President Dave Krenkel officiated, an assignment he has enjoyed for the past three years for the club. He thanked the more than 100 players and families for attending. He was pleased to see the fields and the structures ready for play with the exception of the batting cages which are still a work in progress after a rough winter.
Krenkel presented plaques to Little League Board members Brad Andrus and Tom Ankiewicz for their commitment to the players. Ocean Township High School senior Sam Maxwell was awarded a scholarship by the League and has plans to attend SUNY Cortland where he will major in sports management.
The awards were preceded by a presentation by Mayor Chris Siciliano, an Ocean Township citation recognizing the league's 50 years of baseball and family enjoyment.
He recalled the property was donated for use as a Little League field by the family of James J. Colt in his remembrance.
What began as a boy's baseball league has grown to allow the girls in town to participate.
Thanks went out to the public works employees and the Ocean Township Police Departments for the efforts they put forth to make each season successful.
Challenging team player Matt Wheary threw out the first ball of the season with enthusiastic cheers from the crowd as President Krenkel called "Strike!"