Auburn Fastpitch Girls Softball held their Opening Day Ceremony on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Lemansky Softball Field to kick-off their 41st season of providing softball for girls ages 5 to 16 since 1976. The day started with an Opening Day Ceremony followed by fun activities for the players and their families.
The Opening Day Ceremony included a solemn tribute to the late Auburn Police Officer Ron Tarentino, Jr. who was killed in the line of duty on May 22, 2016 in Auburn. Auburn Fastpitch dedicated a banner in his name which now hangs proudly at the Lemansky Softball Field. Auburn Fastpitch League was honored to have Officer Ron Tarentino’s parents, Ronald Tarentino, Sr. and Sharon Tarentino, and sisters, Caitlin and Danielle Tarentino in attendance for the banner dedication.
Auburn Fastpitch League then honored all our Auburn Police Officers by recognizing Officer Luis Santos, who was seriously injured in the line of duty after being intentionally hit with a car, Officer Brian Kennedy who as a former Auburn Fastpitch Coach and Officer Ken Charlton who is currently a coach with the softball league.
All the special guests were recognized and threw out the ceremonial first pitches of the season. All the players were called out by name to take the field and at the end all gave a big shout out of appreciation to the Auburn Police Officers in attendance for all they and their brothers and sisters in blue do in protecting our community. After the Opening Day Ceremony concluded the players enjoyed many activities and had Coco’s Tropical Ice and Auburn Town Pizza at the field while Jake the Worcester Bravehearts mascot also came by.
For more information about the league visit www.AuburnFastpitch.org regarding their Spring, Summer and Fall Softball opportunities. Auburn Fastpitch Girls Softball is registered with USA Softball (aka ASA Softball) which is the governing body of softball for all U.S. Olympic, College, High School and many youth softball programs.