Auburn Fastpitch Softball kicked of its 40th season on Saturday, April 23 at Lemansky Field. What started as a cool, rainy morning, cleared just in time for the opening ceremonies on the softball diamond.

State Representative and Auburn Fastpitch board member, Paul Frost, emceed the ceremonies. “Auburn Fastpitch is the oldest and the only all-girls league in Auburn” said Frost. “We are committed to teaching softball to girls ages 5-14.” Frost went on to introduce the players and coaches for each of the league’s 5 teams.

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Outgoing league president Chris Diguette spoke next, thanking his fellow board members, coaches, volunteers and players for their efforts.

A special presentation was made to Auburn Fastpitch to commemorate its 40th year. First, State Representative Paul Frost presented Diguette with a proclamation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Next, Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury), presented a proclamation from the State Senate. Finally, Moore and Frost presented a proclamation issued by the Governor, Charles Baker.

Special guest Dr. Martha Pappas was asked to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The crowd first observed a moment of silence to remember Dr. Arthur Pappas, who passed away March 23. Martha Pappas stepped up and tossed a perfect underhand to the catcher. She was then presented with a bouquet of flowers and a game ball. “No one has done more for the youth of Auburn than Arthur and Martha Pappas” said Frost. “We are grateful for their commitment.”

Next, Kristen Pappas, Director of Recreation and Culture, threw out a ceremonial pitch.  Finally, Senator Michael Moore threw a pitch to complete the three-pitch opening ceremony.

Here are more images from the morning festivities.

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