By Mitch Lehman
San Marino Tribune
A highlight of Saturday’s San Marino National Little League opening day ceremony was the unveiling of a community project: the design and construction of two new batting cages on the Huntington Middle School baseball field.
This capital project was a team effort enabled by the support of 90 families who are “lifetime sponsors,” current and prior SMNLL executive board members and the leadership of San Marino Unified School District.
At the culmination of the opening day ceremonies, SMUSD Superintendent Linda de la Torre and Huntington Middle School Principal Daryl Topalian joined SMNLL President Jason Rome and the SMNLL executive board to officially “cut the ribbon” on the project and open the batting cages, to the chanting and clapping of the audience of players watching.
“We are thankful for our partnership with the SMUSD to build these batting cages and give our players increased access to hitting practice so more kids can play and develop their skills,” said Rome.
SMNLL is in its 71st season, with 450 boys and girls from the community signed up to play softball and baseball this spring.
Rome opened the season Saturday: “Play ball!”