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Young athletes hit the diamond for opening day
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Teams in multiple age divisions gathered on the field at Hogan-Ennis Park on Saturday, March 9 for Opening Day festivities in the City of Escalon’s recreational baseball-softball season. Marg Jackson/The Times

Sunny skies greeted dozens of teams lining up for Opening Day ceremonies at Escalon’s Hogan-Ennis Park on Saturday, March 9 as the baseball and softball season got underway.

Serving as emcee was Escalon Mayor David Bellinger, who introduced the Escalon American Legion Color Guard, presenting the colors. Escalon High School junior Daniel Adams performed the National Anthem and Miss Escalon Aileen Aguirre threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Problems with the sound system on site, however, didn’t allow for the normal introduction of teams and the annual thank you to the sponsors, coaches and managers. Teams did line up on the field and were able to be recognized by the crowd, if not formally announced.

Games are scheduled to run through May; divisions include the youngest co-ed T-Ball as well as Rookies, Minor League and Major Leagues on the baseball side; 8U, 10U and the 12/14U teams for softball.

There were plenty of games throughout the Hogan-Ennis complex on Saturday, with all ages getting the chance to take the field at some point during the day.

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The pitch is headed toward the plate in this Minor Boys contest on Saturday, as the City of Escalon recreational baseball and softball season officially got underway. Marg Jackson/The Times
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Coaches for both teams provide some on field instruction, with this 8U girls game featuring the Escalon Police Department-sponsored purple team against the red shirted Escalon Building Department-sponsored team. Marg Jackson/The Times