Thank You to all for your support and donations.
Congratulations to Camilla - Team Baldizan and Collin - Team Hernandez for winning tickets to Hit-A-Thon contest prizes.
Hello and thank you all for coming out on this beautiful spring-like Saturday morning! It’s hard to believe the 2017 spring season is here already.
We have 23 teams this season, and they’re all ready to play ball starting Monday.
And the baseball gears will be in full swing come next Saturday as we have 22 teams from 7 different area leagues competing here at Ellerhorst, and several of our own teams traveling to games nearby.
A lot has been happening during the offseason.
The outfields were aerated, fertilized, and seeded, and the heavy rains have them looking better than they have in years.
We have fence and gate repairs pending now that the fields are drying out.
We’ve updated more field equipment for this season, not just here at Ellerhorst but at Collins and Pinole Valley Park as well, and we continue to update and upgrade facilities and equipment where needed.
The offseason was not as good for one of our PHLL families. Ben Lauer, a AAA player last season and a player with us here for many years, was diagnosed with leukemia last summer. He has been undergoing chemotherapy for the last 8 months, and as a result he’s been unable to even go to school, let alone play baseball. But he’s hoping to play in the Fall to get back into form for his return next Spring.
We have several cards for him at the raffle table, and if you could stop by and sign one and send Ben a note letting him know that we’re thinking about him and his family, that would be wonderful. I know he’d appreciate the support and knowing that we’re thinking of him today, and that we’re anxious for his return when he’s ready.
Some thank you’s this morning, we say it all the time, but PHLL is an entirely volunteer-run organization.
A big thank you to the:
· team parents
· and safety officers for our teams
Thank you to our volunteer umpires, and to the parents that just help out practices.
To our mowing team that keeps the fields ready for games.
And thank you to the parents that help fix the things that break:
· the warped equipment container floor
· the baseball field scorer’s table that was broken over the winter
· dugout roofs
· mowers, Gators, the list goes on and on.
But today is about having fun as the season begins! Our Hit-a-Thon will be happening on the tee ball field, with kids trying their best to hit the targets and get entered into the drawings for an Xbox, PS4, iPad, or TV.
The Hit-a-thon has been a resounding success this year, raising over $21,000 for the League. Thank you to all the donors!
Be sure to buy your raffle tickets to enter to win one of an incredible number of amazing prizes, including:
· 4 Disneyland one day hopper tickets valued at $650
· 4 Oakland A's tickets
· a signed San Jose Sharks hockey puck
· a limited-edition 49ers Hall of Fame football
· and much more!
Stop by the booth to see the full list of prizes you can win. All the prizes were donated, and all the raffle proceeds go to our league!
A special thank you to Anna Peterson for her work to get those prizes in addition to finding our team sponsors this year and once again running the Snack Shack.
We have many of our generous sponsors with us today, please stop by their booths to say thank you for supporting us. We couldn’t run the league without their support!
Enjoy the carnival games, the bouncy houses, the face painting, the Hit-a-thon, the food, and let’s have a great 2017 season!
Valerie Potts - President, Pinole Hercules Little League Board
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