HAWTHORNE

Baseball, softball seasons begin


Rookie Falcons' Coach Frankie Stephens watches as a Melrose batter heads for first base in one of the opening day games in Hawthorne. The last game of the day took advantage of new stadium lights that were recently installed at the recreation park.

VIRGINIA DANNENHOFFER/Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, April 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at 10:29 p.m.
Under clear blue skies, children of all sizes dressed in sparkling new baseball uniforms ran up and down the field at Hawthorne's Recreation Center Saturday.
But they weren't just warming up for their games - they were chasing piglets for prizes such as haircuts, oil changes and gift certificates donated by local sponsors.
That was one of the many activities planned during opening day for the YMCA/Hawthorne Area Recreation Association's baseball and softball programs.
Hundreds of people from the Lake Area Leagues turned out for America's favorite pastime - as well as for food, a yard sale, face painting and cakewalks.
Festivities began at 8 a.m. with the Bobcats, one of Hawthorne's two T-ball teams (which beat the Micanopy team) and ended with the rookie league Falcons, who played Melrose.
The two girls softball teams played double headers, and took one game apiece against teams from Melrose and Waldo.
The last game of the day took advantage of new stadium lights that were recently installed at the recreation park.
The whole park has gotten a face lift from several cleanup days organized in the past several weeks by Hawthorne Sports Director Matt Surrency, coaches and parents.
Baseball and softball teams from neighboring towns such as Micanopy, Waldo and Melrose, also had games scheduled Saturday.
Virginia Dannenhoffer can be reached at (352) 481-5700 or at vdannenhoffer@prodigy.net.

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