By Mikayla Kemp
FULTON, NY – Hundreds of kids anxiously awaited the official start of their 2015 Little League baseball and softball season on Saturday.
The players lined the fence of John Florek Field at Kiwanis, waiting to march onto the diamond and kick off the season.
Starting with girls’ softball and continuing through T-ball, Minors, Minors AA, and Majors, all the players entered the field with their teams and stood on the first and third baselines.
Little League President John Florek, Mayor Ron Woodward Sr. and Audrey Mulcahey were a few of the speakers during opening ceremonies.
Florek kicked off the ceremonies by introducing each team as the players waved their hats in salute.
The program continues to grow and boast success as Florek tells that years ago when starting up, “there was less than 100 kids in the program. Now we have almost 300 kids.”
Along with new players, the league also sees a new snack shop this year.
Headed by Lee Webber, the new snack shop saw a lot of business opening day.
A large tribute was made in honor of Mike Mulcahey, one of the founders of the Little League Girls’ Softball program.
He passed away in November of 2014. He was a very active part of Little League Girls’ Softball program for many years.
“Today we show our respect for Mike,” Florek said. “As you can all see by our new sign in center field, Fulton Little League will dedicate this season to Mike Mulcahey. Starting today and continuing into the future, the girls’ softball field will be named Mike Mulcahey field.”
In lieu of flowers, donations were requested for Little League girls’ softball.
With the donations, the girls’ softball players were all able to upgrade their uniforms.
Stephanie Mulcahey, daughter of Mike Mulcahey, threw out the first pitch to formally start the season. And with that, the kids were ready to play ball.