B.C.A.C. Jamaica Bay Little League News
By Martin Feeney
The Jamaica Bay Little League held its opening day parade this past Saturday with a beautiful parade honoring our hometown heroes and the local men and woman of the FDNY and the NYPD. Engine 266 as well as the 100 Pct. were represented and honored with beautiful plaques by the Little League.
The parade ceremonies were held at Memorial Field and what a patriotic ceremony it was. We had 10-year-old Matthew Gill open up the ceremonies by singing our National Anthem and Mrs. Krohn closing the ceremonies by singing God Bless America. Monsignor Cassada of the NYPD Chaplains office blessed the fields and the children. The Broad Channel Volunteers were the Grand Marshall of the day.
The first balls were thrown out by members of the FDNY Engine 266, 100 pct, Chief Tim Keener of the Vollies and one of our hometown heroes. Senator Charles Schumer was in attendance as were all of our local politicians including Congressman Anthony Weiner, who was by the way running a little late. Senator Chuck Schumer tagged Weiner out as he tried to score a run from the parking lot in what is being called the best play of the day. Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, City Councilman Joe Addabbo and Mark Scott, representing Borough President Helen Marshall, all gave encouraging speeches to the children.
The first games were played at noon with the Major and Minor girls playing. M.T.C Yankees put up a good fight against Miele Associates Mets with the Mets winning 8 to 5. In the Minor Division, Councilman Addabbo’s Mariners team squeaked by West End Realty Athletics in a fantastic game. In the later games, in the boys Major division, Russos On The Bay Yanks defeated Car Park Mariners and Sports Depot Mets and the All American Deli A’s knotted up at 3.
In the Rookie Boys division, the Beach Club Yankees defeated the Wave’s A’s 14 to 8 in an exciting game on our brand new field. The Minor division saw George Russo’s Mariners defeat P.H.N.C A’s 9 to 7. The Junior Boys opened at the Day Camp fields with The Irish Circle A’s and the Hilebrand Mets knotting up at 8 to 8. The U.S.P.S. Mariners defeated Diablos Yankees 5 to 4 in what was a great game.
The season has begun and each end every day games will be played at Memorial Field. A special thanks to all the people who helped with the opening day parade and to the moms who helped sew the hometown hero and American flag patches on the uniforms.