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  • In Lake Shore, 830 kids spread across 63 teams took part in Opening Day festivities on April 8, parading through the athletic complex and getting high-fives from the Chesapeake High School baseball players and cheerleaders as well as the Oriole Bird and Bowie Baysox mascots.
    Colin Murphy
    In Lake Shore, 830 kids spread across 63 teams took part in Opening Day festivities on April 8, parading through the athletic complex and getting high-fives from the Chesapeake High School baseball players and cheerleaders as well as the Oriole Bird and Bowie Baysox mascots.
  • In Lake Shore, 830 kids spread across 63 teams took part in Opening Day festivities on April 8, parading through the athletic complex and getting high-fives from the Chesapeake High School baseball players and cheerleaders as well as the Oriole Bird and Bowie Baysox mascots.
    Colin Murphy
    In Lake Shore, 830 kids spread across 63 teams took part in Opening Day festivities on April 8, parading through the athletic complex and getting high-fives from the Chesapeake High School baseball players and cheerleaders as well as the Oriole Bird and Bowie Baysox mascots.
  • Nearly 400 uniformed players and their families paraded down Outing Avenue and into Havenwood Park on April 1 as Pasadena Baseball Club celebrated the beginning of its 65th year.
    Andrew Candella
    Nearly 400 uniformed players and their families paraded down Outing Avenue and into Havenwood Park on April 1 as Pasadena Baseball Club celebrated the beginning of its 65th year.
  • Nearly 400 uniformed players and their families paraded down Outing Avenue and into Havenwood Park on April 1 as Pasadena Baseball Club celebrated the beginning of its 65th year.
    Andrew Candella
    Nearly 400 uniformed players and their families paraded down Outing Avenue and into Havenwood Park on April 1 as Pasadena Baseball Club celebrated the beginning of its 65th year.

Pasadena Baseball Club, Lake Shore Celebrate Opening Day

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April 19, 2017

Like all of Anne Arundel County, Pasadena was abuzz with excitement this April as both Pasadena Baseball Club and Lake Shore Baseball celebrated Opening Day with parades and games on April 1 and April 8 respectively.

Nearly 400 uniformed players and their families paraded down Outing Avenue and into Havenwood Park on April 1 as Pasadena Baseball Club celebrated the beginning of its 65th year playing baseball in the ‘Dena. The beginning of the 2017 season comes as Pasadena Baseball Club is experiencing several exciting new developments and improvements, among them the purchase of a new tractor with hydraulic attachment that will allow for better field maintenance, said PBC President Tom Henry.

“The county has worked with me about getting a lot of dirt this year,” said Henry. “[The new tractor] turns over the dirt and levels at the same time. Our infields by the end of the season, pretty much all of them should be in tip-top condition.”

With the playing surfaces getting upgraded, PBC is likewise still benefitting from several recent improvements and additions. The new flagpole at Havenwood Park will get some brickwork and a commemorative plaque around it this summer to acknowledge the donors who made it possible. The parking lot was resurfaced through help from the county, and Henry said the organization is in talks with the county to create additional parking. The county provided funding to install heating and air-conditioning in the building that houses PBC’s snack shack, bathrooms and conference room, allowing for comfortable year-round use and eliminating the need to secure indoor spaces at George Fox Middle School or elsewhere. In addition to netting installed to protect the T-ball field from batted balls on the neighboring Field 2 at Havenwood Park, PBC is also in late-stage talks with the county to add two more clinic-level fields with dugouts and backstops at George Fox Middle School.

Henry said that people like Jack Adamecz, who works in Planning and Construction with Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks, and PBC volunteer Karla Finch, who works on fundraising, have been helpful in getting grant funding secured and relevant procedures addressed to green-light PBC’s various improvement projects.

Henry said he continues to lobby for funding and permission to install lighting at Havenwood Park, a goal PBC has pursued for years and which will allow for increased game play. He thanked the many volunteers who put in countless man-hours to make Pasadena Baseball Club run smoothly and said they are looking forward to their standard events like Orioles Day on May 21 and the PBC World Series in June.

Over at Lake Shore, 830 kids spread across 63 teams took part in Opening Day festivities on April 8, parading through the athletic complex and getting high-fives from the Chesapeake High School baseball players and cheerleaders as well as the Oriole Bird and Bowie Baysox mascots before listening to short talks from County Councilman Derek Fink and Recreation and Parks Chief of Athletics John Spinnenweber.

Like Pasadena Baseball Club, Lake Shore is excited about several new improvements to their organization.

PHOTO GALLERY: Lake Shore baseball Opening Day, 4.8.17

Lake Shore secured funding through the county to have the bathrooms fully renovated and improved with regular plumbing, which will make accommodating tournaments and large events much more do-able; Lake Shore Baseball President Butch Sain and Executive Vice President Pam Blades thanked Fink and County Executive Steve Schuh for their efforts in helping secure funding to have the bathrooms redone.

The Little Gloves program for 3- and 4-year-olds, now in its fourth year, has grown from 30 kids in its first year to more than 100 this year, and they continue to enjoy the new Little Gloves fields that were created prior to last season.

Blades noted that Lake Shore brings the largest contingent of any organization to Camden Yards for Little League Day with the Orioles, saying the event has grown from 500 tickets in its first year to almost 2,000 last year.

Sain and Blades were most proud to talk about the highly successful co-op league, created last year, which gives intramural teams in all age divisions the opportunity to compete against intramural teams from other county organizations. This year, the co-op league has expanded to include 45 total teams from Lake Shore, Broadneck, Severn Athletic Club, Severna Park, Pasadena Baseball Club, Brooklyn Park, Glen Burnie, Kent Island and South River. The co-op league eliminates the need for participating organizations to pay scheduling fees through the county or a third-party scheduler.

“We do these crossover games where we play two games there and they come and play two games here,” said Blades. “It makes it a little more competitive and gives the kids a little more experience. We’re saving money by not paying a scheduling fee to a scheduling business we used to use.”

With the cost savings, the idea behind the league is that all participants can join together for a greater good. Last year, the co-op league raised funds for a cancer charity. The co-op aspires to raise funds for a yet-to-be-determined charity this year as well, and they hope to grow large enough to be able to fund scholarship opportunities.

“This is a community-based organization,” said Sain of the co-op league. “It helps the community, and that’s what the co-op is here for, to help the community. It’s big and it’s getting bigger. We’re going to structure it next year to have a president and vice president and all. The Little Gloves up the hill I’m proud of, and the co-op league I’m very proud of. We’re all in. Gambrills and Crofton can come in too, and it’s not just about saving money. It’s for the community.”

PHOTO GALLERY: Lake Shore baseball Opening Day, 4.8.17


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