Rocklin, Tri-City Little League Opening Day Saturday
Little League season will commence in full-swing on Saturday as both Rocklin Little League and Tri-City Little League host their opening day celebrations. Rocklin begins at 9 a.m. and Tri-City is scheduled for 10.
Rocklin will recognize 19 years of Little League Baseball action and Tri-City begins its 53rd year. The tradition runs deep as the regular season ends with the “Top of the Rock” game between the Majors champion of both leagues going head-to-head.
“(Opening day) gets you motivated to start playing the other teams,” said Tanner Overdoe, a 9-year-old player in the Minor AAA level.
Seventy different vendors and sponsors with booths will be present at Twin Oaks among an audience of Rocklin’s 58 teams and coaches.
A raffle will also be held to help support Rocklin Little League.
Last year, the organization raised over $30,000 in sponsorships to fund the athletic program for players ages 4-18. Support should match that total this year, too, said sponsorship coordinator Gina De Lucchi. De Lucci said she is excited to see her sons Nick and Matt, both on the Major Reds' roster, run out on the field in uniform during the family-friendly event.
“Everyone is invited to come out and see our beautiful fields and cheer on our teams. I think it’s going to be a good year,” said De Lucchi.
She also said the kids really look forward to running the bases with their teams.
Andrew Ketchum, an 11 year-old player on the Major Mets, is most excited to hear his team recognized for winning the Tournament of Champions District 11 title on opening day in addition to hearing all the coaches and teams announced.
Last season, the Juniors A’s captured the District 11 TOC crown before showcasing a phenomenal postseason at the Juniors Western Regional tournament in Vancouver, Wash.
Ketchum said that those who come to support will “enjoy a good game of baseball.”
Games for the Rocklin Majors and Juniors begin Friday night. In the Majors, the Rangers will face the Reds at 6 p.m. the Dodgers will compete against the Mets at 6 in the Juniors’ game.
Saturday, there will be games galore featuring teams from beginning T-Ball through Juniors beginning as early as 10:30 a.m. The Rocklin Majors have four games starting at 11 a.m. and concluding with a contest at 6:30 p.m. The Juniors have two games starting at 11 and 2.
Tri-City has 19 games on tap beginning at noon. T-Ball and A divisions have four games each and AA through Majors features three. The Tri-City Juniors have games at 1 p.m. and 6.
Rocklin Little League will also celebrate the terms of new president Scott Brown and vice president Jared Clifford. Board members Joe Zorio and Mike Mooney also celebrate their 10 years of service to the league on Saturday.
Ten year-old Andrew Wojziechowski of the Giants AAA team said, “It’s fun to be at the baseball field.”
Those interested in game schedules and an Opening Day online program can visit rocklinllb.com or tricitylittleleague.com.